Formerly used as a gasworks within Clacton Town Centre, the proposed development comprises of a mixed use ‘trade counter’ led development site providing trade units, a new tyre centre and drive thru restaurant with associated hard and soft landscaping improvements. The neighbouring site of Waterglade Retail Park directly south of the site offered an ideal opportunity for development on the vacant site.
The application is currently under review at Planning by the Local Authority.
Throughout the process and number of sketches were produced to maximise the benefit of the site and provide adequate facilities to serve the proposed buildings. Once a plan was agreed, a pre-application was submitted and discussed to offer further alterations.
By using the orientation of the site, the frontages of the trade park face Watergate Retail Park and Old Road allowing ease of legibility on approach for visitors. A pedestrian link has also been incorporated to ensure ease of passage between the two sites.
In a similar fashion, the massing and scale of the buildings were considered to relation to the surrounding urban grid in order not to disrupt any natural flows or dominate the locality.
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