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Controversial tower plan axed

PUBLISHED: 15:41 02 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 23 August 2010

NEW plans for the £120 million development of the Heritage Quarter have been announced, minus a controversial 32-floor apartment block. The revised scheme from developers Edinburgh House is an amendment to that submitted in 2008 which came under heavy cr

NEW plans for the £120 million development of the Heritage Quarter have been announced, minus a controversial 32-floor apartment block.

The revised scheme from developers Edinburgh House is an amendment to that submitted in 2008 which came under heavy criticism from campaign group Urban Gravesham.

Earlier this year an exclusive Reporter poll revealed 74 per cent were in favour of the development without the controversial tower.

Tony Quayle, Edinburgh House managing director said: "We have acted responsibly on the feedback. The feedback from our own extensive public consultation was not so negative as the tide unleashed by Urban Gravesham but we have listened to what people have said."

The plan will see a large new shopping centre for larger retail outlets surrounding St George's Church in the west of the quarter alongside up to 240 new homes and a 51 -bedroom hotel, major new landscaping of the lower gardens, 159 new homes and a string of new restaurants and eateries in the eastern quarter.

St Andrews Gardens, the proposed site for the unpopular apartment block, would have a small amount of landscaping and Edinburgh House hopes to add a children's playground.

Much of the new development will be on open car parking, and this will be replaced and increased by 300 hundred spaces, mostly provided under-ground.

The church hall at St George is also to be replaced with a new building to the north of the church.

If agreed works would begin in autumn 2010 with completion of phase one, including the hotel, in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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