Kent

Sheerness Dockyard redevelopment plans rejected

Controversial plans to redevelop part of the historic Sheerness Dockyard into blocks of flats have been thrown out.

Opponents to the plans wanted to preserve the Georgian architecture and claimed the move would endanger several buildings which date back to the 1820s.

The plan was rejected by Swale Borough Council's planning committee.

Councillors said the proposal and new development detracted from the character and setting of the listed buildings and conservation area.

The Kent dockyard's history dates back to the 17th Century. It reached its heyday in the 19th Century, but by 1960 it had closed.

Campaigners against the proposal had argued the development would not preserve the site's history.

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