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.

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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.

6 comments

  • Hambro there are several vacancies this week available.If you are studying now you need to apply now. It is no good waiting for the development to be completed.....could be years.

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    Mark

    Friday, September 30, 2011

  • Speaking on behalf of the young people of Gravesend, some of us actually do want jobs. We don't need more cynicism. This development might not be perfect better it's better than the dead zone of a town centre we have now. If this development happens it will bring shops, restauarnts and bars - and all of them will need staff. You might look down your noses at casual jobs like this but for some of us it all helps to pay for studies and some of life's essentials.

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    Hambro

    Thursday, September 29, 2011

  • Hi Hambro, with all due respect this has nothing to do with age, there are plenty of middle aged people in Gravesham in need of work at the moment. This is actually about keeping Gravesend as a town that we all want our kids to grow up in and not not some overdeveloped suburb of London.

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    MikeMartin

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

  • A thousand new jobs? A yes! Cleaners to clean up all the mess that moving all these people into our town centre would create. Having looked at the plans, the majority of the development seems to be "premium" style riverside apartment blocks. WHY OH WHY does such a fantastic and historical place like Gravesend have to be bulldozed? Why can they not develop to the West on the lovely river frontage that is standing derelict at the moment and which would benefit from a development like Ingress Park?

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    MikeMartin

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

  • The number of jobs this will create is not true. This was said of Ebbsfleet ( thousands of new jobs)! What about the number of businesses that will close due to competition from the new shops? This is all theory, in reality the number of jobs created will not match what is predicted.Plus I thought the development was to be drastically scaled down.

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    Mark

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

  • The promised job figure 1,000, is the same one used in the borough briefing published in the Reporter Dec 2008! and that was challenged then. Edinburgh House raise false hopes quite frequently, in Sept. 2008 they claimed they were in talks with a major operator and said an announcement was imminent. In Jan 2009 Tony Quayle,EHEL, said he hoped work would start in 2009, needless to say it didn't, Both these statements were for their proposed development in Castleford. With consultations still to be held it again smacks of desperation to offer pie in the sky job figures, or is the consultation a sham with the plan already decided? only time will tell.

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    geof

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

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