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Colchester Borough Council Planning Meeting

Application No. 160906

The next planning committee will be held at the Council Chamber Town Hall, Colchester on Thursday October 20th at 6pm in the Council Chamber.

At this meeting Application number 160906 will be discussed and its outcome decided. The planning officer's recommendation to the Committee is to approve the plans (subject to legal agreement).


SVAG's Response to Colchester Borough Council

Application No. 160906

Following discussions and advice from a Planning Consultant the SVAG committee has submitted a response to the planning application - click to view.

This summarises the key ways in which the application is a departure from current planning policy and the Local Plan, reserving judgement on a formal objection pending:

  • clear restrictions on any further development across the whole of the site if the Council are minded to approve the application.
  • a justification of the scale of the development. Has there been a Viability Assessment not yet in the public domain and if not we would like to know the justification for twenty two houses on this site?

Your own opinion of this application will be guided by many things: where you live, concerns about policy and precedent and by your reaction to the proposals as you have examined them.

Responses should be submitted as soon as possible to All responses will be considered before the planning committee meets in mid-July but the sooner responses are in the more consideration they will be given.


Please see the Newsletter - 11th May 2016

Planning Application submitted for Greenhouse Site
Application No. 160906

Please use this link to Colchester Borough Council's planning pages to acquaint yourselves with the latest application for the greenhouse site at London Road, Great Horkesley.

The consultation period for this application ends on 13th May. If you would like to comment on it please write to the Council before this date. Write to quoting application number 160906, giving your full name and address.

Remain assured that the SVAG committee will be discussing this application in depth.
We will advise you of our opinion in due course. Feel free to contact us by email to with your thoughts. I cannot promise to reply to everyone but will read all your comments. 

Kate Charlton-Jones, Chair SVAG - 22 April 2016


Update 13th December 2015

SVAG has issued a newsletter following the recent consultation event by Pigeon Investment Management Limited and Mersea Homes Limited to presented plans of their proposals for the construction of 18 houses and 4 affordable dwellings upon the site (“the site”) currently occupied by the greenhouses at London Road (the former Horkesley Park site).


Update 2nd November 2015

We have just received the following message from Pigeon Asset Management:

Notification of Public Consultation Event

5th December 2015 at Little Horkesley Village Hall, School Lane, Little Horkesley, Colchester, CO6 4DN from 10am-1pm

We write to notify you that a Public Consultation event is to be held at the above location.

W & H Park Limited & Mersea Homes Limited have been preparing a planning application to redevelop the existing glasshouse site and would be pleased to hear your views on the design development to date.

Yours faithfully,

David Rose

CC :  W & H Park Limited, Mersea Homes Limited

Please put this date in your diaries and scrutinise the new plans for the Greenhouse Site at Great Horkesley. This consultation is prior to Pigeon Asset Management's submission of a planning application.

The site was bought in April 2014 by W & H Park Limited (managed by Pigeon Investment Management Limited). Their intention, as we understand it at the moment, is to build a small number of houses and cottages on the land known as the nurseries area. There would be a central ‘village green’ around which the houses would sit, and a degree of new planting to shield the buildings and enhance the beauty of the plots. Once the future of the site has been decided, The Chantry will be sold.
W & H Park are consulting widely within the community. They have met with all the local Parish Councils, have had a preliminary meeting with Colchester Borough Council and have met with English Heritage amongst others.
They intend to have had a period of public consultation and would welcome your views. Thereafter, they hope to submit an application to the Borough Council.
We will keep you informed.