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Gherkin-style tower axed

PUBLISHED: 14:46 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 August 2010

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a 33-storey tower on the riverfront have been scrapped. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, Mike Snelling, leader of Gravesham Borough Council announced that plans for the £150million regeneration of the Gravesend H

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a 33-storey tower on the riverfront have been scrapped.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning, Mike Snelling, leader of Gravesham Borough Council announced that plans for the £150million regeneration of the Gravesend Heritage Quarter are to go ahead without the Gherkin-style tower planned for St Andrew's Gardens.

He said: "I think the big message that comes from this meeting and conference is that the tower is dead.

"Today's decision protects the essence of the project to provide a platform for the town's bright future.

"We have always said we would provide a regeneration scheme that was right for Gravesend."

Plans for the tower, to feature 223 apartments and a restaurant, where withdrawn following negative feedback from a number of statutory bodies including English Heritage and campaigning residents.

Edinburgh House says it is working on viable alternatives and will be putting them forward for consultation as soon as possible.

Read the full story in this week's Gravesend Reporter.

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