Harwich Valley to create 1,600 jobs

Essex County Standard: How the redevelopment could look How the redevelopment could look

A RETAIL park and housing development on the outskirts of Harwich could create 1,600 jobs.

Plans for Harwich Valley include 250 homes, a supermarket, leisure facilities and office and business units.

Hadrings Estates wants to develop farmland at Pond Hall Farm between the A120 and Ramsey Road in Dovercourt.

The London-based firm is preparing to submit a planning application to Tendring Council in January and work could start in early 2015.

Dave McLeod, Harwich mayor, said the project will boost the local economy with investment of more than £40 million.

He said: “It shows we still have interest in the area. It has got to be welcomed.

“There are not any details yet but there are plans in the pipeline, but it is good news for the town.

“This is an exciting time for Harwich.”

Concerns have been raised about the homes.

Tony Gatt, of Stour Close, close to the proposed site, said: “There will be opposition from our area but I would have to look at the plans.

“I would rather have a view of nice open spaces than lots of houses.

“I have always half expected that something would happen there but I certainly do not think it will go down too well.”

The public will have the chance to quiz developers and submit comments at two exhibitions.

They will be held at the Waterfront in Lower Marine Parade on Tuesday, December 10 from noon to 7pm and Wednesday, December 11 from 9am to 5pm.

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9:17am Mon 2 Dec 13

mirokou says...

Re invest in the town centre not the outskirts. Harwich has an amazing history overlooked due to lack of investment...
Re invest in the town centre not the outskirts. Harwich has an amazing history overlooked due to lack of investment... mirokou

11:08am Mon 2 Dec 13

Checkout says...

Make sure you get Bernard on your side or this is a dead duck.
Make sure you get Bernard on your side or this is a dead duck. Checkout

3:24pm Mon 2 Dec 13

bloke down the pub says...

People have tried to expand Harwich & Dovercourt for Hundreds of years and it has Always been turned down ,this will be no different. Shame
People have tried to expand Harwich & Dovercourt for Hundreds of years [have a look in the history books ] and it has Always been turned down ,this will be no different. Shame bloke down the pub

2:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Take it or leave it says...

Fantastic news, if Harwich can pull this off than all the better. We need to look forward rather than look at the "history" of Harwich, do we want to be another down and out seaside town?
Fantastic news, if Harwich can pull this off than all the better. We need to look forward rather than look at the "history" of Harwich, do we want to be another down and out seaside town? Take it or leave it

12:21pm Mon 23 Dec 13

ChockHead says...

mirokou wrote:
Re invest in the town centre not the outskirts. Harwich has an amazing history overlooked due to lack of investment...
The town centre has been poorly re-developed in the past,there are not enough units/properties that are big enough for major high street brands,look at the congestions caused when Iceland or super drug get restocked by LG, theres no parking,I think this development offers US ease of access,free parking and above all choice!!
[quote][p][bold]mirokou[/bold] wrote: Re invest in the town centre not the outskirts. Harwich has an amazing history overlooked due to lack of investment...[/p][/quote]The town centre has been poorly re-developed in the past,there are not enough units/properties that are big enough for major high street brands,look at the congestions caused when Iceland or super drug get restocked by LG, theres no parking,I think this development offers US ease of access,free parking and above all choice!! ChockHead

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