ARCHITECTS have been appointed to draw up plans for a long-awaited town centre development.

Colchester Council bosses have hired GT3 Architects to produce concepts for a redesigned version of the Vineyard Gate scheme which would be on the site of the current car park and a number of surrounding properties.

Long-awaited plans for a retail-led scheme were shelved after Government bosses gave the green light for Tollgate Village to be built in Stanway.

But last month it was revealed a mixed use plan featuring some shops, residential areas, entertainment and pop-up spaces are being looked into.

Council bosses are reviewing how much the scheme could cost and how it will be delivered to support regeneration in the St Botolph's area.

An update is due to be given to the scrutiny panel tonight in private while a public report will be made available later this month. 

Business boss Tim Young (Lab) said: “Developments up and down the country have been through a tough period over the last few years.

"It has taken longer than we would have liked to deliver the best scheme possible for Vineyard Gate, but that is now beginning to change.

“I'm delighted that we’re able to move this proposal forward once again. I look forward to seeing GT3 Architects’ plans to transform Vineyard Gate with an exciting new focus that will also provide the next significant step in the regeneration of the St Botolph's area.”