Tollgate Village is coming to Castle Park.
Having had the planning application for the out of town development turned down twice by the CBC Planning Committee, the developers are now looking for a more central location.
The revised planning application appeared on the CBC planning database this morning under the title of ‘Tollgate by the Town.’
The revised Statement of Intent sets out how Tollgate by the Town will bring financial investment to the centre of Colchester, but offered within the protected trading boundary of the Castle Park Roman wall.
This reduces any criticism from big High Street trading chains that Tollgate by the Town will eat into their monopoly.
A spokesperson for the development told The Chronic:
“If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad…”
CBC Planning Chair Cllr Jon Manning was unavailable for comment.
The revised plans for Tollgate by the Town include an impressive 3D cinema screen. This will be projected on to the eastern wall of the Castle.
The old bowling green at Castle Park will be converted to ten pin bowling. Parking issues will be addressed with the boating lake being filled in and offered up as a private car park.
There is no need for the inconvenience of the interfering CBC Planning Committee to try and stamp down on investment in the borough with this revised application.
Castle Park is protected by a Medieval stature that grants it trading rights in perpetuity. The approval of the application is a formality that is expected to be rubber stamped by lunchtime.