New housing minister oversees Ebbsfleet Garden City progress
PUBLISHED: 12:52 08 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:52 08 August 2016
Gavin Barwell visited the development site on Monday
The new government minister for housing, Gavin Barwell, visited the site of Ebbsfleet Garden City on Monday, to see some of the developments currently underway.
The Tory MP for Croydon Central visited the site, where work has started on nearly 600 homes.
Mr Barwell said: “This government is determined to build the homes people need and to help them achieve their ambition of home ownership, and I am confident we can deliver many of them in Ebbsfleet.”
The development is expected to create at least 15,000 homes in the area.
Plans for a £12million bridge which will link the Springhead Park development site to Ebbsfleet International Station were revealed last month, while a new primary school is expected to open in September 2017.
Redrow Homes (south east) is planning to build up to 950 new homes on the Ebbsfleet Green area of the site.
Managing director Chris Lilley spoke of the high demand for homes in the area.
He said: “We have been overwhelmed by the demand for the homes at Ebbsfleet Green, with over 9,000 people registering their interest in our first phase of 180 homes.
“It’s clear from speaking with many of our customers that they want to be a part of the brand new community that’s emerging here, in an area that’s under 20 minutes from London by train.”