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Braintree: 50 years since ambitious town plan launched
11:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
A three-lane town centre ring road, three double-decker car parks, a new bus park and land reserved for new office developments.
It is the sort of ambitious redevelopment plan that many residents might like to see for modern-day Braintree, but the proposals actually come from 1963.
Exactly 50 years ago this month, the Times reported on Braintree Urban District Council's statutory development plan, which was billed as a vision of Braintree of the 1980s.
For those who remember the 1963 proposals, there is likely to be a sense of deja vu in the near future as Braintree Council prepares to launch its Prospectus for Change documents for each of the district’s three towns.
A council spokesman said: “The town centre improvement study proposals for the three key towns of Braintree, Witham and Halstead are still very much in draft format.
“Most of the work is complete and we will be able to make this information public as soon as the proposals have been considered by the council members. It would be unjust to share this publicly without presenting these proposals to members and other key stakeholders first.
“A Prospectus for Change document for each town will include prioritised project package proposals and costed implementation plans for the council and its partners.
“We anticipate that this prospectus will be made publicly available towards the end of summer.”
What are the chances the prospectus will include proposals for a ring road, making the visions of 1963 a reality at last?
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