Plans for a 14-storey tower block in the centre of Old Town have been scrapped after a public outcry.
Architects behind the proposed development for the Swindon Advertiser offices have announced they will be withdrawing the submitted plans for the site of Newspaper House.
Gary Madgwick, Group Managing Director of Marlborough-based architects Quad Group, said: “We have listened to all the concerns and these plans are being withdrawn from future consideration and we will be re-drawing a new submission taking into account these concerns.
“These were only one of the concepts submitted for consultation and utilising as much open space as possible. This was never a planning application just some of the many ideas. We are sorry it caused so much bad feeling, this was never our intention and we will endeavour to get a better understanding of the needs and wants of the local community during the next stage.”
The plans for 148 flats, offices and a community space were revealed in last Friday’s Adver. A petition was launched that day which had been signed by nearly 2,500 people over the weekend.