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PUBLISHED: 14:10 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 23 August 2010

PROTEST: 32-storey tower plan

PROTEST: 32-storey tower plan

A CAMPAIGN group has vowed to continue its fight against plans for a 32-storey tower by registering the site as a town green, making any future development illegal. Bold plans by property developer Edinburgh House to build the high-rise building in the G

A CAMPAIGN group has vowed to continue its fight against plans for a 32-storey tower by registering the site as a town green, making any future development illegal.

Bold plans by property developer Edinburgh House to build the high-rise building in the Gravesend Heritage Quarter were submitted to Gravesham Borough Council on July 29.

The plans have met with fierce opposition from residents and Urban Gravesham, an architecture and environment pressure group, have launched a campaign to stop the tower being built.

Martin McKay, vice-chairman of Urban Gravesham said: "Now the plans have been submitted, we are going to continue and intensify our fight against this tower. We want to persuade the council that this is a proposal that they have the power to object to and that they must object to.

"Part of St Andrews Gardens is the planned site for the 32-storey tower and it is that area that we want to register as a town green.

"The green space in the town centre is under threat and this particular area has been used by the public for the last 20 years. Green spaces are an important part of any town and they are used by a lot of people.

"We have been in touch with Kent County Council and if we are successful in our application, it would make it illegal for any future development of the site."

Edinburgh House say they have held a two-year consultation with residents over the £150 million regeneration project, that includes 120,000sq ft of retail space, 630 new apartments, 25,000sq ft of restaurants and leisure facilities and the creation of 1,000 new jobs.

Tony Quayle, managing director of Edinburgh House, said: "This is a major opportunity for Gravsend to emerge from the shadows of its neighbours and to reaffirm itself as a major retail and leisure destination.

"We believe strongly in this town and are excited by the opportunity to play a part in its transformation for future generations."

If Gravesham Borough Council grant planning approval, work is expected to start on phase I in early 2009, for completion in early 2011.

The entire scheme should then be complete by 2013.

Urban Gravesham can be contacted at www.urbangravesham.org or contact Martin McKay on 07749070358.

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