Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 15°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Harwich: Hutchison Ports withdraws revised Bathside Bay plan

08:49 27 November 2012

An aerial view of Harwich and Bathside Bay

An aerial view of Harwich and Bathside Bay

A BID to revise plans for a £300million port development in Essex have been withdrawn after the Government announced it wanted to scrutinise them.

shares

Hutchison Ports wanted permission to start construction on the Bathside Bay container port scheme before carrying out associated improvements to the A120.

But last month the Government dealt that bid a major blow by announcing it wanted to make the modified plans the subject of a public inquiry.

Then, in a letter to Tendring District Council (TDC), Hutchison Ports said it was the withdrawing its bid to tweak the plans because of “anticipated costs and delay associated with a public inquiry”.

It means Hutchison Ports will not be able to complete works on Bathside Bay without improving the A120 between Hare Green and Harwich.

TDC says it will accompany representatives of Hutchison Ports on a trip to London for discussions with the Government about the scheme.

Neil Stock, leader of TDC, said: “They must have been absolutely gutted when they heard the Government had gone for a public inquiry and quite frankly I am not surprised they pulled the application. We constantly hear that planning should not stifle the country’s economic growth, but then the Secretary of State for the Department of Communities and Local Government seems to go totally against that edict where Bathside Bay is concerned.”

Cllr Stock said that the development is vital to the economy of Tendring and its regeneration plans.

He added: “I sincerely hope that the delays do not mean that Hutchison Ports feel they would be better off investing elsewhere.”

Carlo Guglielmi, TDC’s cabinet member for planning, said: “By the time the inquiry was over and a decision announced we would be another three or four years down the line. I am optimistic that development will take place at Bathside Bay at some point – but just what and when that will be hangs in the balance.”

shares

0 comments

Charles Notcutt and The Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show 2002

A leading horticulturalist and businessman, whose name became synonymous with a Suffolk town, will be remembered with a service of thanksgiving in September.

Henry Birt, with Director Ben Emerson, is retiring from Roland Plastics after many years service.

Woodbridge man Henry Birt is hanging up his coat and finally retiring - for the second time - after 41 years of working for Roland Plastics.

Tony rasping his 49th horse of the challenge - the 1000kg Suffolk Punch 'Oswald' owned by Sue and Andrew Wager of Heybridge.

A vet took on a charity challenge with a difference as he rasped 50 horses’ teeth across Essex and Suffolk in just 24 hours.

Festival goers learn archery at Mersea Island Festival, an adventure break for children, young people and adults with or without a physical or learning disability, at Essex Outdoors in Mersea.

The annual Mersea Island Festival has seen people try out a range of adventurous activities.

Fire Fighters damping down the fire at The George Pub in Wickham Market in 2013

No progress has been made on the restoration of the pub by its new owners, who bought the site from Punch Taverns for £62,000 last year.

The scene of the accident on the A133 at Weeley between a push bike and a van.

A cyclist has died in hospital following a collision with a van on the A133 at Weeley.

Officers at the scene of an arrest connected with a robbery in Felixstowe

This image shows the moment police moved in to arrest a man in connection with a robbery of a Ladbrokes store which netted hundreds of pounds.

Police are investigating after rope was tied across a road

‘Lives are being put at risk’ – that’s the warning from Essex Police after motorists had to manoeuvre around a rope which was tied across a road.

Writer and historian Dr Mark Felton

A historian and author from Colchester whose book has been picked up by Hollywood has released a new thriller based on another daring Second World War mission.

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House in Ipswich.

The number of high earners at Suffolk County Council has risen for the first time in four years, according to new figures.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages