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Plans for nearly 600 Ebbsfleet Garden City homes near historic Northfleet site approved

PUBLISHED: 09:32 26 September 2017

Keepmoat's plans for 598 homes in Northfleet were approved on Monday

Keepmoat's plans for 598 homes in Northfleet were approved on Monday

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The Northfleet Embankment East development will bring 598 homes and a new primary school

Keepmoat's plans for 598 homes in Northfleet were approved on MondayKeepmoat's plans for 598 homes in Northfleet were approved on Monday

Plans to build nearly 600 homes on top of the buried remains of a long-abandoned Northfleet pleasure garden have been approved.

Keepmoat’s plans to build 598 homes near Crete Hall Road as part of Ebbsfleet Garden City had previously gained attention for the proximity to the buried remains Rosherville Gardens, a 19th century pleasure gardens was drew in thousands of visitors from Victorian London.

Campaigners had hoped a housing development would bring the chance to return the bear pit to the open air, after the Grade-II listed site was temporarily unearthed in 2012 for archaeological work.

But under plans approved last night, the gardens will instead be reflected in a new heritage trail and Italian Gardens development proposed by Keepmoat.

How Rosherville Gardens used to look (bear pit in background)How Rosherville Gardens used to look (bear pit in background)

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation says the site above the pit “may include a bear statue in the future,” alongside an information board.

Development would also see the part-demolition of the WT Henley Building, an abandoned 19th century cableworks factory.

Keepmoat plans to develop a two-form entry primary school on the site, with its housing development split between 104 one-bedroom flats, 288 two-bedroom flats and 206 houses.

The development will also provide 149 starter homes, 38 affordable rent homes and 37 shared ownership.

An Ebbsfleet Development Corporation spokesman said: “This is a high-quality development that will not only command great views of the River Thames but also open up the river with a new promenade, allowing people to walk along and see it from the area for the first time in a century.

“The development will allow people on average salaries to get their foot on the property ladder through affordable homes and shared ownership and also provide great family homes.

“A series of new walking and cycling routes will link Keepmoat’s development with the rest of Ebbsfleet Garden City, giving residents easy access around the area and to Ebbsfleet International Station.”

Roland Grant, regional managing director of Keepmoat Homes South said: “The Northfleet site is a landmark development for Keepmoat Homes and represents the largest and most significant award in the area, since we expanded the business in to London and the South East in 2014.

“This is an important milestone in ensuring this scheme becomes a reality, and the acquisition and development of Northfleet will meet the clear demand in the region. It is another positive step for Keepmoat Homes’ ambitious growth plans in the Thames Gateway.

“It makes an important contribution to the continued delivery of the Ebbsfleet Garden City project and we are also pleased to be working with the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation in fulfilling both their vision and meeting their targets for the creation of this new and exciting garden city.”

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