November 30, 2009
Edinburgh House Estates Limited (EHEL) submitted its amended planning application, for the regeneration of Gravesend Heritage Quarter (GHQ), to Gravesham Borough Council on 30th November 2009. This amended application has come about after EHEL considered matters raised by the general public, planning officers and key stakeholders regarding the original planning application in July 2008 for the redevelopment of the GHQ.
EHEL engaged in further discussions with all relevant parties and has made a number of amendments to the design proposals. As developers, EHEL prides itself on working closely with the local community to deliver relevant and sympathetic solutions. For this project EHEL has gone above and beyond the statutory requirements for community consultation and has made great efforts to engage with the local community and respond to their views over the course of past four years during which EHEL has been planning this project.
The development will offer modern retail space to attract new retailers to the town, as well as opportunities for new restaurants and cafes, resulting in over 1000 jobs being created in the town. There will be significant improvements to the public realm, including new public squares; public walkways to the river front and highway and transport improvements.
Edinburgh House’s primary desire is, and always has been, to provide the optimum regeneration of Gravesend’s Heritage Quarter. There are a significant number of local people and businesses who would like to see this scheme go ahead. Edinburgh House is committed to this development and, subject to a successful planning outcome, will start work as soon as possible. This development is vital to ensuring Gravesend’s future prosperity and will act as a catalyst for further regeneration and the economic vitality of the town.
Edinburgh House has placed a highly experienced professional team on this project; it has undertaken a thorough and lengthy consultation process and worked closely with Gravesham BC to ensure that the proposals genuinely do offer the best regeneration solution for Gravesend town centre.