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No homes planned south of A133 under Garden Communities Scheme

Date issued: 1 December 2017

*** Joint statement from Colchester Borough Council's Leader, Cllr Paul Smith, and Deputy Leader, Cllr Tim Young ***

"It has come to our attention that residents in Wivenhoe have received misleading information about the initial concept plans currently out for consultation regarding the Tendring/Colchester Borders Garden Community.

"It is being claimed we are looking to develop some of the homes proposed for the site on land south of the A133. We can categorically assure the people of Wivenhoe this is not being proposed by this administration.

"As well as delivering the much needed housing and infrastructure North Essex needs our ambitious plans are to create communities. Splitting the homes across the A133 goes against the principles and aims of the Garden Communities project.

"The outdated maps being circulated show the original thinking of the consultants who developed the outlines for the sites earlier this year. However we have always publically dismissed this proposal.

"As clearly depicted on the map in the official consultation documents the only developments proposed to take place south of the A133 are the expansion of the University of Essex's campus and a new Park and Ride.

"We see the Garden Communities as a vital way of supporting the increasing demand for more homes in a way that delivers the necessary infrastructure first.

"It is important that as many people as possible have their say as part of our consultation on the initial concept plans to help us shape this pioneering project. However, it is crucial people have the real facts to help them make up their minds rather than those being peddled purely to scaremonger."

Colchester residents can have their say on how the communities on the Colchester/Braintree and Colchester/Tendring borders by taking part in the online consultation at www.colchester.gov.uk/currentconsultations or by visiting one of the public events and exhibitions being held across the borough.

An additional drop-in for the Wivenhoe area is scheduled to take place either on 8th or the 11th January 2018, on a date to be confirmed.

The consultation runs until Monday 22 January 2018.

ENDS