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Ebbsfleet Garden City reports housing site short-fall

Published: Thursday, 6th October 2016

Implementation framework for Ebbsfleet Garden City identifies locations for 12,800 new dwellings, 2,200 short of the garden city’s proposed 15,000 new homes…

The Development Corporation for the Ebbsfleet Garden City has published a blueprint for the new settlement in Kent which includes proposals for a major new commercial centre, improved public transport and seven city parks as well as thousands of new homes.

However, the implementation framework covering the next 15 years highlighted a current shortfall in site provision for the garden city’s proposed 15,000 new homes. Currently the strategy identifies locations for just over 12,800 new dwellings.

The proposed land-use strategy includes a new commercial centre, built around Ebbsfleet International Station.

This is planned to provide some 45,000 square metres of development including educational facilities, R&D activity as well as leisure, retail and commercial floor space.

In a move to reduce car journeys there are plans to expand the current Fasttrack bus system with further dedicated routes and improved facilities, so that 90 per cent of residents will live within five minutes of a Fastrack stop.

The River Thames will be opened up with new promenade walks giving the public access to the waterfront in this area for the first time in a century.

A series of open spaces will be developed along the River Ebbsfleet with public access extending along the Thames to Gravesham in the east and around the Swanscombe peninsula and onto Dartford in the west.

The Garden City will also feature seven new city parks, capitalising on Ebbsfleet’s landscape made up of quarries and lakes. The most significant will be a planned new park next to Ebbsfleet International with dramatic views across the county.

New pedestrian bridges and walk and cycle ways will connect Swanscombe, Northfleet and Greenhithe with the rest of the Garden City as eight new urban villages are established alongside existing communities. There are currently seven developers on site creating 860 homes across the Garden City.

Provision is made in the new strategy for the London Paramount resort at Swanscombe with its proposed dedicated access route from the A2.

See the Ebbsfleet vision.

Roger Milne