announce new Application - 27th April 2012
We have now received an e-mail from Buntings dated
April 25th 2012 advising us of their next Application. We will
decide how to react when we have seen the scope of the new application.
We strongly advise you to visit the presentation so that you can
form your own views and make any comments to them that you think
The 2009 Planning Application
announce they will not Appeal - 4th
November 2011 (pdf
have announced that they are not going to appeal the decision
of May 26th but are going to submit a new Application in due
course. See press coverage on the Press
Council say 'NO' to Horkesley Park - 27th
LANDSCAPE WAS ITS OWN BEST ARGUMENT, AND THE LANDSCAPE
everyone who has supported us in this long battle, we must
say, well done, and thank you!
May 2011 (pdf
Alistair Day, the Principal
Planning Officer from Colchester Borough Council, has recommended REFUSAL for
the application. You can view his lengthy and extremely detailed report: click
here, then choose 'Planning Committee Agenda 26/5/2011'
Letters - 21st April 2011 (pdf
of 21st April, provisional totals of follow-up letters received by
CBC and posted on their website were: Support of the Application 17, Objections
to the Application 205.
Park: In Search of Enlightenment - 1st April 2011 (pdf
In the past couple of months CBC have received a number of further documents
from Buntings elaborating on their proposals. The documents can be seen
on the CBC website. We encourage everyone to view these new materials
and form their own view on the merits of what is now said in support of
date has now been set for the Planning Committee Meeting to decide
Horkesley Park - 25th March 2011 (pdf
26th - Colchester Town Hall - 6.00pm
to Dedham Vale on the receipt of a £1,000,000 heritage lottery
grant - 27th March 2010 (pdf 476Kb)
reported in the EADT: Beauty spot valley gets £1m windfall
What a really
intelligent and valuable use for lottery
money, to spread it through 62 different projects down the length of
the valley where it will be of direct benefit to the landscape, the
and the people who live here!
very different this is from the Horkesley Park project. The Bunting’s
giant development would attempt to centralise ersatz versions of all
these activities, for the purpose of money-making rather than for the
valley and the community, at a single artificially created site.
submitted its formal response to the Horkesley Park Proposals to
Colchester Borough Council on 20th April 2009 (pdf
SVAG employed its own independent consultants to help in the preparation
of this document. Our conclusion is that the Application is defective on
so many grounds that it should be withdrawn and abandoned by Bunting and
Sons before any more public resources are wasted on its evaluation.
Please read for yourselves the full text of the document. See Horkesley
Park Key Issues page.
|The SVAG Rally on Easter Monday sparked
a surge of letters to the press - 17th April 2009 (pdf 559Kb)
Essex County Standard Letters feature: the great Horkesley Park debate.
Rally Easter Monday - 13th April 2009 (pdf
"Constable Country speaks for itself", read some of the car stickers,
and indeed it did. To SAY NO TO HORKESLEY PARK, the by-now-familiar posters,
were added other slogans. The Stour Valley Action Group rally brought together
people of all ages and types from the length of the valley; many came with
banners, handmade signs, and balloons, putting an element of carnival into
National Trust make their objections - 31st March 2009 (pdf
They write, "The National Trust considers that although the visitor
numbers have been substantially reduced in this proposal compared to the
application should still be rejected as being completely out of scale and
of an inappropriate nature and location. It would also be just as likely
to have the potential to irreparably damage the tourist locations within
the Dedham Vale which the National Trust and partners have striven so long
and hard to cherish."
threat over tourist site 'claims' - 23 March 2009 (pdf 162Kb)
The front page of the East Anglian Daily Times on Monday 16 March reported
Mr Stephen Bunting's assertion that SVAG had distributed "misleading information".
SVAG replies that their views are based on the reading and analysis of
Buntings' own documentation, and are matters of opinion and judgement.
|Buntingland petition loses horsepower - 8 March
2009 (pdf 634Kb)
As Buntings realise their petition, which was generated at their Suffolk
Punch roadshows during 2007/8 and based on thier previous planning
application, is invalid they are sending previous signatories a flyer
and prepaid envelope hoping they will give their support to the new application.
Support: 7 out ot 10 prefer no Buntingland - 4 March 2009 (pdf 548Kb)
of the new planning application sparked a wave of letters to the Essex
for new heritage park is resurrected - 24 February 2009 (pdf 208Kb)
A new Horkesley Park proposal was launched on Thursday 19 February with a great
fanfare in the press. Editorial comment in Friday's Essex County Standard asked
the crucial question: 'This project, if given permission, will change Great
Horkesley and the surrounding villages forever. The question is, for better or
Surround Buntings' Claims of Support - 29 June 2007 (pdf )
The story of Buntings' clams of public support sparked a vocal response and
a surge of letters to the papers.
dream will spoil the countryside - 2 June 2007 (pdf 334Kb)
A concerned local resident, and professional art historian, writes to
the East Anglian Daily Times with inside knowledge on the subject of the
art ' outstation' which Buntings advertise as one of the major cultural
elements of Horkesley Park.
Owns Constable's Country? - 18 May 2007 (pdf
Professor Michael Rosenthal of Warwick University delivered a hard hitting
aid of the Stour Valley Action Group to a packed Nayland Village Hall.
He said the word 'heritage' in this day had come to mean something that
was fake, dishonest, vacuous, and to do with retail, moneymaking and
'a world that never was'.
A Sneak Preview of Hokesley Park - 25th February (pdf
Could this be
the real future of Horkesley Park: Suffolk Punches as the centrepiece of an
urban retail complex?
The idea was to bring the notion of 'Horkesley Park' to the masses,
so the Bunting travelling circus set up in the car park of Asda in
Colchester, just by North Station roundabout.