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MP opens Colchester development

MP Eric Pickles has opened the new Rosewood development in Colchester.

The secretary of state for communities and local government had the honour of cutting the ribbon on the site to declare it officially open to new residents, with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) highlighting the 248 new homes that have already been delivered on the site.

Further phases of construction will continue to provide new homes to the area over the coming months and years, the HCA added.

He commented: "It is great to see the Rosewood development in Colchester officially opened. As one of the country's biggest landowners, the government has a duty to free up surplus public sector land and there's no better use for it than building homes and thriving communities that will help more people meet their aspirations for homeownership."

Pat Ritchie, chief executive of the HCA, added that accelerating the delivery of new homes on public sector land is one of the key priorities of the government department at present and the Rosewood development is therefore an excellent example of how public and private organisations can work together effectively to achieve this aim.

Mr Pickles was joined at the opening ceremony by Mr Ritchie, Sir Bob Russell MP and James Moody, managing director of Crest Nicholson Eastern - the firm responsible for bringing the project to fruition.

Elsewhere, the HCA recently announced an historic agreement has been signed between South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridgeshire County councils regarding the construction of the UK's first new town since Milton Keynes.

The Development Framework Document for the Northstowe project now paves the way for the creation of up to 10,000 new homes in Cambridgeshire, as well as multiple new business-dedicated buildings, local infrastructure and schools.

Northstowe is set to be situated on the former RAF Oakington barracks site and surrounding land. 

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