The Alumno Scheme in Queen Street is a controversial development including 350 units of student accommodation, negotiated in secret by the Council with the developers, and not wanted by the University of Essex nor most local residents.


Colchester Conservatives are demanding Colchester Borough Council’s leadership rule-out using legal powers and taxpayer money to allow Alumno to build its unwanted scheme off of Queen Street.

The demands come after Colchester Borough Council failed to say they would not use extraordinary powers to appropriate the land and override Essex County Council’s restrictive covenant on the site Alumno want to build on. The restrictive covenant is now the last line of defence against the unpopular proposals.

Cllr Simon Crow, Conservative Councillor for the town centre, said: “I’m extremely concerned that under cover of the global coronavirus crisis, that has seen so many of Colchester’s residents following the government’s restrictions and locking down for months in their homes, the Council has been pressing ahead with plans to build hundreds of student rooms in the former bus park.”

Cllr Lewis Barber, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group: “We wanted clarity on the council’s intentions and their failure to guarantee they will not use the legal powers only increases suspicions. We have long argued for a community led approach where residents and local experts take control of the process through neighbourhood planning to build something we can all be proud of.

If you want to stop the appropriation of land for this private developer, please sign the petition below started by local resident Fabian Green, which we will present to the Council leadership: