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  • "Just seen the Gazette Tuesday. Apparently "Building Partnerships" of Norwich will be acting as advisor and finding the money for this risky gamble. Its "partners" are mostly local authorities but include two builders - Barratts and Taylor Wimpey. It highlights the Travelodge Norwich as one of its "most sustainable" developments!
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    Colchester Council has publicly stated it will not be funding developers of this site. That leaves the possibility of a developer with easy access to millions or perhaps Colchester Council guaranteeing a huge loan.
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    According to the paper Curzon cinemas was "selected" to build the cinema and restaurants in 2015. Now the latest additional fantasy proposal is for an 85 bed hotel, lots of flats and naturally more restaurants. With a few nightclubs and so called "private clubs" kebab alley will reach from St Botolphs roundabout to Castle park. Perhaps time to reopen the old police station to keep the drunken rabble under control!"
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Hotel back on the cards for St Botolph's Quarter

Gazette: Hotel back on the cards for St Botolph's Quarter Hotel back on the cards for St Botolph's Quarter

A NEW hotel is back on the cards for Colchester’s St Botolph’s Quarter under new plans which will create 100 jobs.

Last year, Colchester Council’s regeneration hopes were shattered when Travelodge pulled out of long-awaited plans to knock down St James House and Roman House and build a three-star hotel in their place.

Now, months after a cinema operator unveiled proposals to move into Roman House, an 85-bed hotel is once again proposed alongside restaurants, cafes, apartments and townhouses.

Nick Barlow, councillor responsible for regeneration, said: “I’m excited about the potential new development of the St Botolph’s site."

Read the full story in Tuesday's Gazette.

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