Discover what makes Colchester Northern Gateway great
We’re putting greener living and sustainability at the heart of economic growth.
With world-class digital connectivity plus instant access to the regional transport network, this new destination for Colchester will showcase high quality contemporary urban design.
The Northern Gateway will combine exceptional green credentials with a highly desirable environment, and creating an aspirational place for living, leisure and doing business.
The Northern Gateway will benefit from an integral digital network to provide ultra-fast broadband to homes and businesses. In addition, the area will feature a carbon-cutting, Renewable Heat Network supplying properties with heat and hot water.
New tree and shrub planting will encourage biodiversity and create attractive green spaces for relaxation and leisure, opening up routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Healthy habitats for people and nature
A tree-lined, pedestrian and cycling thoroughfare, known as The Walk, runs through the southern part of Colchester Northern Gateway.
This green and attractive, 600 metre, multi–user route will be accessible to all and will link the residential homes and communities situated to the north-east of the area with the future leisure development located west of the site.
The Walk will be planted with native trees and seasonal shrubs to increase biodiversity and offer visitors all year-round appeal. Associated landscaping, street furniture and facilities will provide wider opportunities for relaxing, socialising, exercise and play.
To encourage biodiversity, we have also planted over 500 new native and ornamental trees at the Sports Park. These include silver birch, wild cherry, field maple, rowan, blackthorn, hawthorn and English oak; almost 87,000 native saplings and over 30,000 shrubs, perennials, grasses and wild meadow plants.
On the southern side of the Northern Gateway, we are managing surface water and run off from rainfall by creating bio-retention ponds. These shallow landscape depressions help remove pollution and reduce water levels downstream.