Horkesley Park saga over after appeal rejected

Essex County Standard: Campaigner Will Pavry at Horkesley Park Campaigner Will Pavry at Horkesley Park

A THIRTEEN-year battle to turn Horkesley Park has come to an end after communities secretary Eric Pickles rejected a planning appeal.

Bunting & Sons have been trying for more than a decade to create the Stour Valley Visitor Centre on 101 acres of land partly in the Dedham Vale.

The family firm, which last year entered administration, wanted to create gardens, art and craft studios, a Suffolk Punch breeding centre and an art gallery.

But Mr Pickles yesterday revealed he backed the decision by Colchester Council and a recommendation by an independent inspector to reject the planning application.

Will Pavry, of the Stour Valley Action Group, said: “We’re obviously delighted it’s been refused.

“We feel it’s a vindication of the decision by the council in February 2013 and we think it’s a wonderful result.

“After 13 years of struggle we have now finally got Horkesley Park refused.”

Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex, said: “This comes as a huge relief and a vindication that what protesters have been saying is valid.

"This is fantastic news for the future of Dedham Vale and the Stour Valley.”

For a special report, see Friday's Gazette

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12:42pm Thu 17 Apr 14

greenbroker says...

Justice has been done. I've started to believe in democracy again.
Justice has been done. I've started to believe in democracy again. greenbroker
  • Score: 10

4:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

rhetoric says...

"For this relief, much thanks...."
"For this relief, much thanks...." rhetoric
  • Score: 6

8:51pm Thu 17 Apr 14

jim_bo says...

Well done to Will Pavry and his team. It's been a real fight for all those concerned but the people have won.

Let's hope Deloittes find the missing £24 million and perhaps some of the creditors get some sort of payment.
Well done to Will Pavry and his team. It's been a real fight for all those concerned but the people have won. Let's hope Deloittes find the missing £24 million and perhaps some of the creditors get some sort of payment. jim_bo
  • Score: 6

10:10pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Boris says...

Best news this year. Will Pavry deserves a knighthood or at least an OBE.
Best news this year. Will Pavry deserves a knighthood or at least an OBE. Boris
  • Score: 7

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