Construction of roads into and within the Horizon 120 Business and Innovation Park has been given the green light and building work could start as early as March.

Plans to build two access roads and a spine road within the employment site in Great Notley (Braintree) were approved at a meeting of Braintree District Council’s planning committee on Tuesday, 4th February.

The proposal includes one entrance off of the Cuckoo Way roundabout (near Tesco) and a second access point (or junction) from the A131 to the south. The scheme also includes a central spine road between these two access points within the site.

The entrance located on the southern boundary will provide the park with a second access road which will ensure heavy goods vehicles can readily access. This entry will also serve GRIDSERVE’s Electric Forecourt® and could also facilitate a through way for a future bus route.

The roads and paths are to be tree lined with green buffers and wildlife corridors with layouts which make them safe and accessible to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

The Council bought the 65 acre (Horizon 120) site in Great Notley in December 2018 with a vision of creating an employment site fit for the future which attracts new firms across a number of sectors into the district and offers residents high quality jobs.

This new business park will be future proofed by offering modern flexible work spaces and business accommodation, a central hub with amenities and facilities, electric vehicle charging points and high quality fibre optic internet connectivity.

The site will be extensively landscaped and benefit from scenic views over the countryside. The ambition is to create a business community, where employees can go for a drink, exercise at a gym, participate in social events, drop their children off at childcare and enjoy a lunchtime run in the Great Notley Park.

It has the potential to create up to 2,000 jobs.

Cllr John McKee, Cabinet Member for Corporate Transformation at Braintree District Council, said: “I am pleased to see progress on the development of a business park which has the potential to create a huge number of quality job opportunities for local residents.

We do not want people to have to commute outside the district for good jobs which is why our investment into this project is so important. This development could really change the local employment landscape over the next few years and beyond.”