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Bernard Jenkin baffled by multi-million pound Dedham Vale proposal
7:30am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
AN MP has spoken out against plans for a major new visitor centre in Dedham Vale.
Harwich and North Essex MP Bernard Jenkin said the proposals for Horkesley Park would have a major impact on the “peace and tranquility” of the area.
He was speaking at the final day of an appeal by Bunting & Sons against Colchester Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the Stour Valley Visitor Centre.
The Bunting family claim the multi-million pound project, including an art gallery, Suffolk punch horse centre, Chinese garden, gift shops and exhibitions, would create 150 jobs and draw in 316,000 visitors a year.
Mr Jenkin said: “I have grown to love and to cherish Dedham Vale, as I am sure the appellants do too.
“But how does this justify infrastructure to support 316,000 visitors per year, supported by an art gallery to celebrate an artist whose original paintings are already on public display all over the country, and a Chinese garden whose relevance to Suffolk Punches, or to John Constable, or to Dedham Vale is utterly baffling?”
A final decision is due early next year.
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