Our Planning team has helped secure outline planning permission for Tollgate Village, a major new retail and leisure scheme in Colchester, following a decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP.
The planning application submitted by Barton Willmore on behalf of the Tollgate Partnership Limited was initially refused by Colchester Borough Council on the grounds that it would result in an unacceptable impact on Colchester Town Centre The Tollgate Partnership appealed the decision and a Public Inquiry was held in January & February of this year.
As part of the appeal to the Secretary of State, our team argued that the proposed scheme would not have a significant adverse impact on the Town Centre and would bring a number of economic benefits to Colchester. They included; creating over 1,000 new job opportunities, a direct GVA of up to £16.9m, and would clawback expenditure currently being spent outside of the Borough, to the benefit of Colchester.
The scheme comprises over 30,000 sqm of retail and leisure floorspace including a cinema, associated parking including a multi-storey car park, public realm improvements, access, highways and landscaping.
Paul Newton, Planning Partner in our team said: “We are delighted with the decision by the Secretary of State to overturn the refusal by Colchester Borough Council. Tollgate Village represents an important opportunity to deliver new retail and leisure floorspace to serve the wider Stanway area and Colchester as a whole. It will also improve the existing offer at Tollgate providing a greater choice for residents, and a range of important economic benefits for Colchester.”
Since the 1980s Tollgate Partnership has delivered the Tollgate Retail Park, the Tollgate Centre, Tollgate Business Park and both the original and new Sainsbury’s stores in Stanway.
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