A TRAIN maintenance centre could be built in Harwich creating up to ten jobs, it has been revealed.

Plans for a centre to repair train wheels were put lodged to Tendring Council’s planning website last month.

But the application for the centre on land near the Phoenix Bridge on the A120 bypass was withdrawn just days after it was submitted.

New plans for the facility have been sent to the council’s website - but documents with details on the application have been made private.

A Tendring Council spokesman said: “It is an application to determine if any future application needs to be accompanied by an Environmental Impact Assessment.

“The council’s final decision is public but the plans are not public documents.

“Therefore the information they request cannot be provided.”

The initial planning application for the centre, which was withdrawn, did have its documents available to the public.

It said Great Anglia plan to build the first train maintenance wheel re-profiling centre in the area to maintain trains and repair their wheels.

The application form said various sites were looked at and this location between Harwich International Station and Dovercourt Station showed strong potential.

The development site is 1.5 hectares and would include a train maintenance building with a wheel lathe, a wash pit, security gating and fencing, as well as an on-site car park for staff.

It is proposed to run Monday to Friday between 6am and 10pm.

The application added: “In terms of visual amenity, there will be a degree of impact given the size and nature of the structure.

“The operations are not considered to be significantly hazardous in terms of air quality.

“However, where there may be dust emissions, measures such as water suppression and suitable exhaust ventilation systems will be explored.”

Greater Anglia declined to comment on the application.