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Successful Colchester Northern Gateway bid unlocks £5.5m of government funding

Date issued: 1 February 2018

Plans for the Colchester Northern Gateway (CNG) scheme have received a huge boost, after the Government today awarded £5.5m to fund new infrastructure projects.

The announcement follows a successful bid by Colchester Borough Council to the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), which will see the money invested in a new pedestrian boulevard, two access roads to the Axial way site and links to the main road network.

This latest funding for the CNG scheme comes less than a year after the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy gave its backing to the development and construction of a sustainable, infrastructure-first district heating system, with a £3.5m grant from its £320m Heat Networks Investment Project.

The HIF funding announced today will provide a 500m-long pedestrian-priority boulevard and deliver key highway improvements connecting the site to the existing roads network, as part of major plans to provide new homes, including care facilities for older people, and new commercial sites and employment opportunities for Colchester.

Speaking shortly after the grant was announced, Cllr Annie Feltham, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: "I am absolutely delighted that we have secured such a substantial sum to support our investment in vital new infrastructure for the Colchester Northern Gateway development.

"This is an extremely exciting project that Colchester can be proud of and will bring numerous tangible benefits to the Borough including much-needed new housing and employment opportunities.

"This additional funding is recognition by the Government that Colchester is continuing to build on its reputation as a major centre for job creation and as a magnet for growth within the region - and deservedly so."