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£35m to be invested into Northfleet Embankment East

Councillors may invest £35 million, to build offices and warehouses on the banks of the Thames, creating 690 jobs.

A public exhibition will be held on the proposals for a commercial development on land known as Northfleet Embankment East on the 17th January 2017 (This Tuesday).

The scheme is being put forward by Gravesham Borough Council and Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC), the body planning a new garden city.

The employment land would sit next to a 600-home scheme by housebuilder Keepmoat, which is due to go before a planning committee later this year.

The two authorities will submit an outline planning application for the 240,000sqft of commercial space – also later this year – which will be decided by EDC’s planning committee.

If approved, more than 40 industrial units could be built next to a business centre, including offices and a small retail space.

Gravesham council’s business development chief Cllr Samir Jassal said the scheme “would be the first new significant commercial development in the borough for 25 years”.

It will sit in the North Kent Enterprise Zone, an area where the Government offers incentives to attract firms, meaning companies which move into the space will be eligible for business rates discounts worth up to £55,000 per year up to 2022.

Gravesham council deputy leader Cllr David Turner, said: “These plans will be subject to the outcome of this consultation exercise so it’s really important we get as many people involved as we can. However, the cabinet is keen for it happen.”

Paul Spooner, interim chief executive of the EDC, said: “While we are delivering homes at pace in the garden city we are also keen to bring new jobs to the area and, if approved, this scheme would deliver much needed floor space for small and medium sized local businesses and help them prosper.

“Ebbsfleet Garden City is well placed to deliver new jobs and new homes in this part of North Kent.”

The consultation takes place this Tuesday, January 17, Gravesham Gateway, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU from 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

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