Controversial Tri Sails development in Elsenham given the green light

OVER 400 jobs could be created after a state-of-the-art business hub was approved at the third time of asking.

Uttlesford District Council’s planning committee gave the green light to the controversial Tri Sail Towers development in Elsenham on Wednesday.

The development, which will dominate the village’s skyline, is based around three interlinked towers of five, six and seven storeys on a site to the south of Hall Road.

It will include a retail space and an underground car park with 450 spaces. There will also be a health spa, dentist, food convenience store and a caf�.

Several councillors described the archietcure of the buildings as “stunning” although question marks were raised about its rural location, with one concern raised over the potential traffic congestion that would result from the development.

Yet it still received a highly favourable 11-0 vote (two abstensions) in favour.

In statement sent to the council Cllr Doug Perry, who couldn’t attend the meeting, said the application “epitomised what the Localism Bill is seeking to address” and added that “it would support local businesses and bring much needed employment to the area”.

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His comments were supported by Cllr Vic Ranger, who said there was a need for jobs and to promote the growth of the local economy.

He also said the standard of people coming out of high school were more than capable of filling the jobs which would be created.

Planning consultant of applicant Cheergrey Properties, Michael Parsons, said it was hoped the project would be completed by the end of next year.

He added that there is “great interest in this development from potential occupiers” such as high-flying blue-chip companies”.

“430 full time jobs would be created which would provide a significant boost to the local economy,” he said.

A previous application for seven, nine and 11 storey development was rejected by the council in April.