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Have your say on tower

PUBLISHED: 11:04 27 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 23 August 2010

DEVELOPERS behind a £150 million town centre regeneration scheme have urged residents to look at the project as a whole, rather than focusing on controversial plans to include a 32-storey tower. Edinburgh House developers have submitted plans for the reg

DEVELOPERS behind a £150 million town centre regeneration scheme have urged residents to look at the project as a whole, rather than focusing on controversial plans to include a 32-storey tower.

Edinburgh House developers have submitted plans for the regeneration of Gravesend Heritage Quarter, including 630 apartments, 8,000 sq ft of offices and 20,000 sq ft of leisure, retail and restaurant space. The proposals have met with fierce opposition, including architecture and environment pressure group Urban Gravesham, who submitted a petition against the plans to Gravesham Borough Council signed by 5,000 people.

An exclusive poll by the Reporter last month revealed that 74 per cent of residents were also against the tower plan, which would provide a total of 223 one and two bedroom flats.

Tony Quayle, the managing director of Edinburgh House told the Reporter: "We are concerned that when people are looking at the development plans, they are not looking past the tower, are they looking at the development as a whole? The tower was the best solution to fitting in the number of flats required to make the scheme viable, other options were criticised for blocking views of the River Thames. Personally, I like the tower, I think it will be a great icon for Gravesend, but if people want to see something else, then we will listen. I am not hung up on providing a tower plan." Currently, the planning application is still in the public consultation phase, after Gravesham Borough Council announced last month that it would be extended.

If the council give the plan the go-ahead, work is expected to start early next year.

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