Plans for 22,000 homes in Ebbsfleet finally put in motion

PUBLISHED: 09:33 30 August 2012 | UPDATED: 09:36 30 August 2012

Plans for around 22,000 new homes in Ebbsfleet have finally been given the go ahead after a decade of being left on the shelf.

It was announced yesterday (29) that a deal had been reached between ministers, councillors and developers to bring Eastern Quarry back into use.

The first phase will see 1,500 homes built by December 2013 followed by about 20,000 more over the next 20 years, which will deliver as many as 60,000 jobs.

Housing minister Grant Shapps said: “It’s frustrating that while the need for homes in Kent and the surrounding area has continued to grow, the Kent Thameside development – offering the opportunity for tens of thousands of new homes – has been stuck on the drawing board for a whole decade.

“So I’m delighted that we’re finally taking steps forward to get builders on site and work finally started.”

Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite said: “It has been a long road but this finally seems to be our opportunity to build a great community and top quality housing for a new generation of Dartford families.”

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