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What is Economic Growth & what does it mean to Colchester?

Places compete with each other for investment and the jobs it brings.  Economic growth is the result of this investment which can also bring supporting facilities like roads, broadband and improved public services.

Colchester is one of the fastest growing districts in the country in terms of population.  More facilities are needed for this growing population.  Colchester is an investment hotspot with some £3bn being invested across five regeneration areas in North Colchester, St Botolph's in the town centre, the Garrison, The Hythe and also at the Knowledge Gateway at the University of Essex.

Over the next 15 years, the East of England will grow faster than any other region in the country. Colchester has been earmarked as a place to grow in response to this - with 18,800 new homes by 2023 and 14,000 new jobs by 2021

Colchester has an exceptional heritage, but some areas are in need of investment. We now have the opportunity to regenerate these areas as the town grows creating vibrant new communities, mainly on brownfield sites.

Colchester borough Council works in partnership with a variety of public and private sector partners to seek, secure and bring this investment to life in the Borough and these pages of the website explain what is planned and what is happening currently.

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About Colchester Colchester is a vibrant place with an exciting future: where 2000 years of history sits alongside 21 century culture. Working in Partnership Colchester Borough Council has recognised that by working with private and public sector partners we can achieve so much more and really put Colchester on the map. Town Centre: St Botolph's Regeneration Area The Town Centre will be enhanced through regeneration, public realm improvements, and a balanced mix of uses to sustain activity throughout the day and evening. Northern Gateway Development There are plans in North Colchester for a completely new fun and adventure space for local people and visitors alike. East Colchester Regeneration Area In East Colchester an exciting new waterside community is emerging at the Hythe, the town's former port Garrison Development Colchester has been a garrison town for hundreds of years and the £1.5billion PFI development of a new modern Garrison in the town has shown a further 35 years commitment to Colchester by the Ministry of Defence. The Knowledge Gateway at the University of Essex Set in 43 acres of mature parkland, the Knowledge Gateway is set to become one of the prime locations for research and business in Essex. Transport Colchester Borough Council recognises that there is going to be significant population and employment growth that must be reflected in and supported by the provision of an improved transport network in the town centre. Sites Under Construction Sites marked for development and other opportunities and information