Landowner plan faces objections

Locals oppose plans for redevelopment of a £20m heritage park in the Stour Valley.

Landowner Bunting & Sons has hit back at residents and local farmers opposing plans to redevelop its redundant tomato glasshouse and surrounding land into a £20m heritage park in the Stour Valley. Colchester Borough Council has received an open letter from a small group of individuals who are concerned that plans for the site will ruin the character of the area and damage surrounding small businesses and agriculture. If planners agree to the development the site would be transformed into 12 themed areas including a Chinese garden, country park, a John Constable exhibition and a leisure complex. Bunting & Sons claims that the reaction is a “not in my back yard situation” and says it has been overwhelmed by the level of support from other Essex and Suffolk residents and businesses. Partner Steven Bunting said: “With any planning application of any significant size, those living in close proximity would oppose it. “Our plans have attracted over 600 letters of support recognising benefits in regenerating and rejuvenating the countryside and rural economy for generations to come.”

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