A consultation starts today over plans to build nearly 250 homes and a new jam factory in Tiptree.
Wilkin and Sons want to sell some of its land to housing developers to help fund a £250 million factory near its current base.
Tiptree's existing factory site and nearby fields would be turned into homes if planning permission is granted.
Essex snooker player Ali Carter's bid to become World Champion has once again been ended by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final in Sheffield.
Carter, who is from Tiptree near Colchester, lost to O'Sullivan when they met in the final in 2008. Yesterday he was unable to stop O'Sullivan from stretching his overnight lead from three frames to five in the first session of the day, before eventually losing 18-11 at the Crucible.
Essex Police say drug users should watch out for dangerous batches of cocaine after two people were taken to hospital with suspected drug poisoning. An 18-year-old man from Chelmsford needed specialist heart treatment. A man from Tiptree was taken into intensive care.