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Gravesend Heritage Quarter

Location: Gravesend Kent
Client: Edinburgh House
Sector: Assess Shape
Scope: Regeneration

Define initially undertook an assessment of an unsuccessful planning application for a large, mixed use development in the historic quarter of Gravesend.  We subsequently helped to formulate a new planning application, initially through the preparation and extensive testing of a 3-dimensional development envelope for the built development that was structured by the availability of views to the Grade 1 Listed St George’s Church from within the town, and the wider setting, including the River Thames.  The new proposal for over 300 homes, 12,000m2 of retail, restaurants, cafes, community buildings, a hotel, car park and extensive new public realm and regenerated parkland gained the support of Gravesham Borough Council and English Heritage.  Define prepared a Masterplan, Townscape and Visual Impact Assessment and detailed public realm design strategy to underpin a new planning application, and planning permission was subsequently granted.