Latest details for Braintree redevelopment to be shown at public exhibition

Take a look at the latest plans for Braintree

Residents and businesses will soon have a chance to see the latest plans for the proposed development on the land between Manor Street and Victoria Street in Braintree.

The exhibition will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, January 10th from 3pm until 7pm. It follows a similar successful event in June 2017 where residents got the chance to ask questions of the project team which includes Braintree District Council, AHR, Potter Raper Partnership Building Consultants and RPS CgMs Planning Consultants.

Braintree District Council has today issued a new image of what the new development could look like.

The proposed development will be home to:

  • A brand new modern GP surgery fit for the 21 century
  • A pharmacy
  • A 70 bed hotel
  • 35 apartments
  • A brand new bus interchange
  • Public realm
  • A new car park
  • Café/Restaurant

These plans will be presented to the Council’s Cabinet and Full Council in February 2018 and if approved the Council will aim to put a planning application in during March 2018. If successful the start date for construction would be early 2019 with work completing in 2020.

Leader of the Council Cllr Graham Butland said: “This project encompasses all the things that matters to our residents: Health and homes, journeys and jobs. We deliver the everyday services residents rely on but we’re also solving some of the biggest problems our communities’ face – such as doctors in our town working in antiquated buildings – that is why we are investing in health and our town centre.”

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “Residential homes will be part of the development and we know that more and more towns are seeing the benefits of bringing residential homes into town centre locations. It helps to revitalise high streets by increasing footfall and spending. We are also in talks with a café/restaurant operator that wants to be part of the development too, this will give residents and visitors more reasons to visit the town centre during the day and into the evening. These are exciting times for the town centre.”

Cllr John McKee, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Asset Management, said: “Without our investment, these improvements to the GP surgery, the bus park and the town centre just would not happen. We’re pleased that a major hotel chain saw potential in having a town centre location to help us encourage people to visit friends, families and nearby attractions such as the Braintree District Museum, the Warner Archive, Freeport, our town centre and the Chelmsford City Racecourse – this all feeds into our future aspirations for the town.”

Adam Firth, AHR project director, said: “Braintree is an attractive town with a historical centre which this new development will help to revitalise for the twenty first century. Our design sensitively combines old and new, enhancing the setting of the listed Town Hall whilst bringing substantial new investment in a dynamic mix of uses surrounded by high quality new landscaping and a public garden.”

Residents unable to attend the event will be able to view the plans online at www.braintree.gov.uk from 3pm on January 10th 2018.