A proposal, which was expected to be approved by councillors this week, is likely to see it replaced by a six storey block with homes, a gym, shop, office space and communal roof garden built on the first floor.
Outline planning permission for the development, which will create 30 full-time jobs, will be recommended for delegation to a council manager, for approval, subject to conditions, at a Gravesham council planning meeting tonight – 22nd July 2015.
According to council documents, developer DaVinci Properties wants to transform the site and create 20 homes – 10 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom with six set aside for social housing.
The council’s social housing requirement for developments is usually 30% but can often fluctuate depending on how quickly the borough needs new housing.
This application was first submitted by DaVinci in November 2013 and an amended version was prepared for a planning meeting in March this year. The plan was rejected due to the size and design of the proposed building but, after discussions with the council, developers resubmitted a revised application in April.
Cross-post from Kent Online.by