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Urban Gravesham drops Heritage Quarter fight

PUBLISHED: 15:18 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:13 21 April 2015

Gravesend Heritage Quarter

Gravesend Heritage Quarter

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They say they cannot afford to continue battle

CAMPAIGNERS fighting the redevelopment of Gravesend’s Heritage Quarter have dropped their legal battle.

The Urban Gravesham group took Gravesham Borough Council to a judicial review at the High Court over the planned development, but their case was rejected by a judge last month.

Spokesman Geof Foxwell said the society did not have the resources to continue to fight the local authority and developers over the £125 million scheme.

“The result of the judicial review has been a great disappointment,” he said.

“But we have accepted the judge’s decision and will not appeal.

“Despite the magnificent response of our members and supporters, we simply do not have the resources to fight the council and their developer allies Edinburgh House.

“We are proud of our record of holding the council’s planning department to account and exposing their cosy relationship with developers, and we will continue to fight to give local people a real say in the planning process. Even today, only four members of the Council have ever voted in favour of the Heritage Quarter scheme.”

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