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Chinese corporation gets behind Horkesley Park
7:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
A CHINESE corporation with a turnover of £1 billion has pledged to invest in the proposed Horkesley Park, it has been disclosed.
Information published ahead of a planning inquiry next month claims a “major Chinese corporation” and one of the 225 largest construction companies in the world are backing the controversial visitor attraction.
Proofs of evidence have been submitted ahead of an appeal by Bunting & Sons against Colchester Council’s decision in February to refuse its application for the Stour Valley Visitor Centre, which will begin on October 1.
Part of the disclosures centres around the proposed 0.5 hectare Chinese garden, which Colchester Council asked for more information on after the original planning application was rejected.
In one submission Stephen Bunting, of Bunting & Sons, reveals the construction company is subsidising the cost of building the garden, which would resemble those introduced to England during the 18th century.
It states the garden would be led by “Daoist principles” and “Confucianist influences” and include rockery mountains, ponds linked by zigzag water streams, clumps of bamboo and a tea pavilion.
The centre, covering 101 acres, would also include other gardens, art and craft studios, a Suffolk Punch breeding centre and an art gallery.
A minister is due to make a final announcement on the project in January.
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