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Ebbsfleet Garden City given go-ahead for 6,250 homes

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 December 2017

An artist impression of the Eastern Quarry scheme. Picture: Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

An artist impression of the Eastern Quarry scheme. Picture: Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

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The Ebbsfleet Garden City is edging towards full reality as permission has been granted for 6,250 homes.

It forms the largest part of the project, which includes a market centre, education campus and urban park at the Eastern Quarry.

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation was set up by the then chancellor George Osborne.

And in two years, there is now a primary school on site along with a pub, hotel and more than 600 new homes which are being added to daily.

This new announcement is confirmation confidence remains and developers will be able to start work next year.

The planning permission was decided by an independent planning committee away from the local councils, and overseen by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

A spokesman told us the Garden City will see three villages created across an area 1.5 miles wide.

He said at the heart of the site, which is three times the size of Hyde Park, will be a new market square with shops, bars and restaurants as well as office space.

The plans by Landsec include a large education campus with both secondary and primary schools, serving the growing Garden City population.

Ian Piper, chief executive at the Corporation, said: “We are determined to create a great place for people to live within the Garden City and we will continue to work with all the developers to ensure the highest quality development is now delivered.

“We will invest further in key pieces of infrastructure, including an upgraded public transport network with dedicated routes for buses – meaning the majority of residents living in Eastern Quarry will be within a five minute walk of a bus stop – giving great connections across and through the Garden City.”

And Ian Rickwood, boss at Henley, which is delivering the infrastructure for the scheme through Henley Camland, added: “We are pleased that planning permission has been granted for Eastern Quarry, which marks a significant milestone in progressing this landmark residential development in the heart of Ebbsfleet Garden City, and is testament to the strength and high quality of the plans.”

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