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Neighbour's fury at safe house plans

PUBLISHED: 17:17 03 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:32 23 August 2010

NEIGHBOURS to a sheltered accommodation unit have reacted in anger to news it could double in size. A group of residents in Truro Road, Gravesend, are furious they have not been consulted on the plans, which would see an acre of green space removed by th

NEIGHBOURS to a sheltered accommodation unit have reacted in anger to news it could double in size.

A group of residents in Truro Road, Gravesend, are furious they have not been consulted on the plans, which would see an acre of green space removed by the expansion of building Wimborne House.

Mandy Hearn and Tim Multon have collected more than 100 signatures of opposition to the proposal which is due to go before Gravesham Borough Council.

Miss Hearn said: "It will knock £20,000 of my property if it goes ahead, it is an eyesore.

"This green is used by dog walkers, people bring their children out to play. I have two young children who use it."

The plan, submitted by housing group Sanctuary Hereward, would see the 36-single flat building demolished, to be replaced by block of 42 larger single bed apartments and 31 double rooms.

It would also employ nine more full-time and three more part-time staff.

A spokesman for the borough council confirmed that an agreement for the land to be sold was in place, should planning permission be granted.

But he denied claims residents had not been given the necessary notifications, saying: "This is a planning application that has been properly advertised and all the statutory consultations will be carried out.

Anyone interested has until next Thursday (March 11) to comment on the application.

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