THE fight against a controversial visitor centre in the heart of the Dedham Vale will go on - even though the firm behind it has gone into administration.

Bunting and Sons blamed the protracted planning application for the visitor centre at Horkesley Park for its demise.

Administrators Deloitte have now been appointed by the bank to handle the firm’s affairs for Westwood Park and Horkesley Park.

The London-based financial experts will continue to trade the business including weddings and conferences staged at the Grade II* Tudor Westwood Park.

It could also look to get a new buyer for the Stour Valley Visitor Centre project - if it gets planning permission from the Secretary of State.

Charles Clover, chairman of the Dedham Vale Society, said the group would continue to fight the plans.

He said: “This doesn’t mean, by any means, the fight is over.

“The administrator could sell this property and the subsequent owner could start this all over again.

“It is important to be aware this highly vexatious planning application, which has taken us so many years to oppose, could be restarted by another buyer.

“The Dedham Vale Society will continue to fight this development."