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£35 million Hythe development delayed
2:32pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
DELAYS have hit the opening of a facility set to kickstart regeneration in the Hythe.
Plans for the £35 million development on King Edward Quay were approved in July 2012.
It included more than 700 student rooms, a gym, coffee shop and mini supermarket.
The first 300 rooms were due to be opened in time for this September’s new Essex University students.
Work on the building has yet to even start.
But quibbles over the wording of an agreement between the developer and Colchester Council have held it up for more than a year.
Developer JR Pickstock, which has teamed up with original developer Woadguard and Newdex, said it still planned to go ahead with the scheme.
Nikki Foster-Kruczek, Hythe resident and member of community group SOURCE, said: “It has been months and months of just sitting there getting muddier.
“It’s very disappointing. Apart from anything else it just looks a mess.”
The developer said it would spend almost £1million on regenerating the Hythe if the plans were given the thumbs up.
A new bridge and off-site sport and recreation facilities were all on the cards.
But the wording of the agreement could not be agreed.
Mrs Foster-Kruczek said: “They are good community facilities we need.
“It’s a real shame there’s no sign of any.”
A Colchester Council Spokesman said it was close to finalising the section 106 agreement with the developer.
She said: “The council agreed with the developer that the formal determination period for the application could be extended to September 30 whilst wording in relation to a bond attached to the agreement was considered.
“We expect this target date to be met, however, the legislation allows for a further extension if necessary.
“Previously approved land decontamination works are currently underway on site and as far as the council is aware, the developer is looking to commence development as soon as the permission is issued.”
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