HARWICH and Manningtree could be designated as ‘Historic Towns’ as part of a council’s blueprint for the future.

Tendring Council’s Local Plan will be subject to a six week consultation which begins today.

Under the revised plans Harwich, Manningtree and St Osyth would be given the designation.

It provides the towns with more recognition which could help boost tourism.

It also highlights more sensitive locations in the district where there is likely to be a presence of archaeological remains.

The council has proposed the ‘Historic Towns’ designation is reinstated for the three towns.

The designation was on the local plan which was adopted in 2007, however it was not originally included on the 2012 draft local plan.

Carlo Guglielmi, planning boss for Tendring Council, said: “It is to recognise the importance of the historical nature of these areas."