Plans to build a new trade, leisure and retail park in Clacton have been given the go-ahead.
Tendring District Council (TDC) have granted planning permission to build a new development that features a drive-thru, a gym and six retail stores, opposite the existing Waterglade site off Old Road.
Work is expected to begin in the coming weeks, with it anticipated to open in Spring 2021.
The site previously housed the town's gas works, before they were demolished and the National Grid sold the land.
National Grid also purchased a TDC car park adjoining the site to enable work to house utilities for the new site.
The £10m investment in Clacton should also create around 100 jobs at the new development site.
Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, described it as a positive indicator for Clacton, saying:
“This site is an important location for the future of Clacton town centre, and this private investment is heartily welcomed.
“It is a good example of our Tendring4Growth ethos being put into practice – enabling development by selling an under-used car park and taking a proactive planning approach – to support economic growth in the district.”
Andy Kirton, Managing Director of Hawkstone Properties Plc – the company behind the plans – said:
“From the excellent take-up of units so far we know this will be a very successful scheme, and that businesses have confidence in the future of Clacton.
“This investment complements nicely existing businesses in Clacton, as well as providing numerous jobs not only in the new units but in construction too.
“My thanks go to Tendring District Council for their support for this scheme, while making sure all the necessary checks are done with regard to proper planning, and we look forward to updating people soon with opening dates.”