Planning application submitted for the development of a rural tourism facility with education centre and holiday cottages

The beautiful wildlife reserveThe Plainview Team are very excited to be working on a new rural tourism attraction in Maldon, which will include an education centre, tea room, fish breeding pods, essential workers’ dwelling and holiday cottages.

The scheme and its background:

A disused quarry, the site is now a beautiful wildlife reserve and our recent submission of a planning application on site seeks to secure this positive transformation for the long-term, protecting the future and of this wildlife reserve through education and eco-tourism. The aim is that these elements will provide a sustainable source of income to help ensure the long-term future and management of this beautiful wildlife site.

The development will bring with it a whole host of economic, social and environmental benefits including:
+ the provision of employment for local residents;
+ a response to an identified need for tourist accommodation in the area;
+ ensuring the continuation of the already significant enhancement to local wildlife on site;
+ the provision of a new outdoor learning space for schools and other community organisations.

Positive consultation and public support:

The scheme has been presented to the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency, a fisheries management consultant, national and local education bodies (including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE), Essex Outdoors and local schools). All are in support of the proposal and have provided letters as part of the planning submission.

Such a large and complex scheme requires a systematic approach, great attention to detail and making sure all relevant reports are collated within a comprehensive time frame. We also had involvement from a wide spectrum of consultants and third parties to support out robust planning submission.

The application is currently being determined by Maldon District Council and we look forward to continuing to work positively with the council on this inspiring scheme.

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