Ambituous plans to build three new office blocks off the A120 could bring 400 new jobs to the district.

The owner of Earls Colne Business Park, E Hobbs, has unveiled its vision to install two storey buildings on land next to Earls Colne Golf Course.

The office blocks would all be fully furnished with desks, chairs and computers before being let out to businesses on a short-term basis.

There would also be communal facilities available to tenants and a reception area serving all three buildings.

E Hobbs says letting the office spaces out on a short-term basis would provide flexibility to small start up businesses in the district.

All three office buildings would be designed as "contemporary, campus style" developments and would come with separate car parks, offering disabled space and charging points for electric cars.

Though the offices would increase the number of people employed at the business park by 23 per cent, E Hobbs insists there would not be a "detrimental increase" in traffic on the A120.

Director Malcolm Hobbs added: “This development is an opportunity to provide up to 400 jobs in a high quality office environment, in a building which offers small and start-up businesses flexible working space in an environment and of a quality which is normally only found in large towns and cities.

"Over the next few years, this type of flexible workspace will become the norm for small businesses, and with all the new housing coming our way in the district, there is a growing need for developments of this type if we aren’t to become a dormitory community, with people having to drive out of the area to find work.”

It is estimated there are already 1,500 workers based at Earls Colne Business Park, which is situated close to key service villages, Earls Colne and Coggeshall.

The two villages are set to take on a combined total of more than 600 new homes in the coming years.

Should E Hobb's application be approved by Braintree Council, it is hoped the offices will be built and ready for use within two years.