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Huge plans to convert the former GlaxoSmithKline plant into housing business units and park lands wll go on public display today.

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The pharmaceutical giant announced it would close the historic East Hill site in November 2008 and plans to completely cease production by October this year.

Construction firm Essential Lands is seeking permission to build up to 1,000 new homes, units for offices, shops, restaurants and bars surrounding Mill Pond, together with a community hall and a large café.

Martin Bellinger, Partner at Essential Land, said: “We have worked hard to prepare a planning application that meets local aspirations. We are confident that the proposals will create a great place to live, providing a village feel only moments from the town centre.”

Altogether, between 2,500 and 5,000 square metres of commercial space will be provided which could create between 80 and 150 new jobs.

Plans and a scaled model of the scheme were expected to be on display in Unit 3 of The Orchards Shopping Centre from today until Friday between 10am and 5pm.

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