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by MICHAEL ADKINS, Assistant Editor (content)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A thousand new jobs over the next four years would be created if plans for a controversial Heritage Quarter scheme are give the go-ahead, according to developers.
With Gravesham’s unemployment figure currently at 2,676 bosses at Edinburgh House claim the plan for retail, business and tourist opportunities could drastically improve job opportunities for the local unemployed and boost the economy by £10 million per year.
Managing Director Tony Quayle is adament regeneration is the key to tackling rising joblessness and says 600 of the poisitions created would be permanent once the project is complete, reducing unemplyment by 25 per cent.
He said: “This sort of economic stimulus is a major opportunity for the people of Gravesend. Without regeneration plans of this scale, it is going to be a challenge to make all but the smallest dent in local unemployment figures.”
According to detailed economic impact studies carried out by Edinburgh House, these employment opportunities combined with other benefits of the proposed regeneration, will equate to around £10 million of additional income being pumped into the town each year.
Edinburgh House is currently working on a revised planning application for its Gravesend Heritage Quarter, holding regular forum meetings with Gravesham Borough Council and campiagn group Urban Gravesham. Developes hope to create a hotel, restaurants and leisure facilities, shops, flats, additional parking and a new town square.
Protestors and Urban Gravesham members led a staunch campaign to block previous applications which included a 32-storey block of flats and overpowering design which was not in keeping with the historic Gravesend riverfront.
The next forum meeting is due to take place in early October and an application is not likely to be submitted earlier than December.
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