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3,000 - 5,000 homes to be built within five years at Ebbsfleet garden city

Ebbsfleet Garden City

Ebbsfleet Garden City

Michael Cassidy, chairman of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, has said that he expects 3,000 to 5,000 homes to be built on the Ebbsfleet garden city site over the next four to five years.

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has full planning powers over the brownfield site between Gravesend and Dartford. The corporation is due to be given £200m from the Government to spend on new infrastructure for homes at the site, most of which will be built in the Eastern Quarry south of Swanscombe.

There has been little house building in the area despite outline planning permission first being awarded in 1996, however Mr Cassidy said that he expects house building to speed up drastically on the development.

“The house building going on now is at low volume but never the less it is activity and the houses are being bought.

“That is what is behind our optimism. We have a full board and feel we have the capability to start delivering projects.”

In addition to homes in the Eastern Quarry, the Ebbsfleet garden city will also include 900 homes on the former Northfleet Substation near the A2, which is owned by house builder Redrow.

Planning for these homes was approved at the development corporation’s first board meeting, and Mr Cassidy hope this will launch the building of new homes next year.

Demand for homes at the current Castle Hill scheme in the Eastern Quarry has been high. To date only 350 homes have been built, however Ward Homes says it has been oversubscribed for the 150 houses it has built in the development.

If expensive infrastructure works such as sewage and roads are paid for by the development corporation, Mr Cassidy is sure that developers will be more willing to build.

He said: “Our job is to persuade house builders to up the volume. If we are able to come in and undertake work they would have had to do that is a good trade.

“We will shoulder the burden if they will deliver twice the number of houses.”

Details of a public consultation on a masterplan for the site, put together by engineering design firm Aecom, will be released later this month.

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