PLANS to build 170 homes in Rowhedge have been submitted.

Bloor Homes wants to develop the site of former warehouses at Rowhedge Wharf, off the High Street.

The proposed development includes 15 flats, 155 houses, a boat storage building which could accommodate a doctor’s surgery, and a boat slipway.

However, because of the high costs associated with developing the site, Bloor Homes have ruled out including any affordable homes in its plans, which has been met with concern by residents.

A spokesman for Bloor Homes said: “The intention if we get planning permission through is we want to get on with the development as quickly as possible thereafter.”

The project, which has been split into two phases, is expected to be completed within four years, with the first six to 12 months spent on getting the site ready for building.

The first phase will be an access road to the Wharf site from Rectory Road, which means no construction traffic would have to use High Street, and the second is for the homes and community facilities.

Residents can have their say on the plans until May 19, by contacting Colchester Council planning department.

The proposals will be decided by planning committee members in August.