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An important milestone has been reached in the delivery of the Northern Gateway, as Colchester Borough Council’s (CBC’s) new 76-acre sports hub has achieved planning consent.
The planned development, to be delivered by Colchester Amphora Trading, ties in with the wider strategic aims of the Council to promote the Northern Gateway as a major leisure destination. The national focus around health targets, promoting physical activity and a wellness lifestyle, are also reflected in the core ambitions for the project and are in line with the healthy lifestyle focus of Sport England.
The Council is working with several potential funders on bids to support different aspects of the project such as local highways infrastructure as well as the sports facilities for cycling, rugby and indoor cricket. The Council continues to develop strong links with health providers and will align these relationships with the sports and leisure facilities at Colchester’s Northern Gateway.
Councillor Nick Barlow, Chair of Colchester Commercial Holdings Ltd and CBC Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: “This is a major step forward in the development of our exciting plans for Colchester’s Northern Gateway. This is a ground-breaking leisure and employment complex, which we are confident will attract visitors from across the Borough and beyond.
“The work of Colchester Amphora Trading will be supported by advice from specialist sports and leisure consultants and they will continue with their excellent contacts with the future operators of the facilities and with sports organisations.”
The sports project is planned to be open by the autumn of 2019.