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Fresh battle lines drawn over Horkesley Park
9:00pm Monday 12th August 2013 in News
BATTLE lines are being drawn ahead of a major planning conflict over a proposed visitor centre and park in Constable Country.
In February, Colchester Council’s planning committee rejected a bid to create Horkesley Park, a 101-acre country park, a visitor centre, gardens, art and craft studios, a Suffolk Punch breeding centre and a fine art gallery.
In April, an appeal was lodged against the decision, made only after a five-hour debate in Charter Hall watched by around 350 campaigners and supporters.
Would-be developers Bunting & Sons say it would be “an outstanding cultural countryside visitor attraction” which would attract 316,000 visitors a year.
But Colchester Council and opponents say Horkesley Park would struggle to see half that number of tourists and should not be built.
See Tuesday's Gazette for the full story
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