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Regeneration game 'hurts town'

PUBLISHED: 16:42 24 August 2011

Cllr John Burden

Cllr John Burden

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Endless "bickering" and "scaremongering" is holding up plans for regenerating Gravesham, the leader of the council said ahead of a crucial meeting this week.

Cllr John Burden claimed the “cloud of uncertainty” hanging over the town and the £120m project was damaging local business and putting off investors, ahead of a crucial Heritage Quarter meeting.

on Wednesday night where a second planning application was to be made.

Cllr Burden attacked suggestions of a ‘secret deal’ between the council and the developer, Edinburgh Housing Estates, and the idea that the area will become a concrete jungle.

He said: “Any unnecessary further delay, posturing and scaremongering will not be forgiven by those who really care for the future of the town.”

The council’s independent regulatory board threw out the previous planning application in September 2010.

Urban Gravesham civic society and other objectors listed the height, bulk and number of buildings in the western part of the quarter as out of keeping with the area. They claimed there were too many flats and St George’s Church and the High Street would be adversely affected.

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