PLANS to pull down a iconic building which was home of Colchester Conservative Club for more than 90 years and replace it with flats have been withdrawn.

Neils Bischoff applied for planning permission to demolish the old Colchester Conservative Club, in High Street, as well as the retail unit below, belonging to Claydons Newsagents.

The retail unit was set to replaced with a new building for the same tenants, whilst nine flats, five one-bed and four two-beds, were planned over three floors above.

Plans proved controversial, with dozens of residents objecting online.

Colchester Civic Society and Historic England had also criticised the designs and asked for the proposals to be rejected by Colchester Council.

However, before a decision could be made, the developer has withdrawn the application.

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There is no reason given for why the application has been withdrawn.

Colchester Conservative Club, which moved to the High Street premises in 1928, closed for good in 2018 due to dwindling membership and the declining use of the club by the community.