Green light for the white horse
PUBLISHED: 18:25 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010
THE huge white horse sculpture dubbed the Angel of the South was recommended for approval by planning officers ahead of a meeting held last night. Members of Gravesham Borough Council Regulatory Board met to discuss Mark Wallinger s controversial landm
THE huge white horse sculpture dubbed the "Angel of the South" was recommended for approval by planning officers ahead of a meeting held last night.
Members of Gravesham Borough Council Regulatory Board met to discuss Mark Wallinger's controversial landmark after your Reporter went to press.
In providing their report to councillors the officers stated: "The proposed landmark sculpture will meet the intended objectives of the applicants in providing an iconic feature at the gateway to the Ebbsfleet Valley and could assist in the re-generation of this key strategic location within the Thames Gateway, and at no cost to the public purse."
The artwork would be built at Springhead, Northfleet, next to the A2.
Officers pointed to potential traffic concerns from visitors as well as the scale of the sculpture, which at 50 metres tall is 33 times the size of a real horse.
However they concluded there "are no compelling planning policy or other
planning reasons to reject the proposals, and such issues as the artistic merits or cost are not relevant to the planning considerations.
"It is considered that the proposed landmark in the form of a White Horse is innovative, inspirational and will create a lasting legacy for the Ebbsfleet development and the local area.