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Plans approved for Ebbsfleet garden city

Plans have been approved for a garden city development in Ebbsfleet providing 4,600 new homes.

Important plans which will define one of the largest areas of Ebbsfleet Garden City have been approved. Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s Planning Committee approved masterplans and design codes for the villages of Ashmere and Alkerden.

Up to 4,600  homes will be created across the two new villages as well as the supporting infrastructure required for residents in Whitecliffe in addition to the 1,600 in Castle Hill to the east where work is already underway and new communities have formed. The plans set out how Whitecliffe will develop in the future in terms of street design, public realm, and street planning as well as give clear guidance on how two new village centres will be shaped.

Chairman of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Board Michael Cassidy said: “The process of giving planning permission for the “look and feel” of the main next phase of housing at Ebbsfleet Garden City marks an historic turning point in the ambitions for this flagship enterprise.”

“It shows how intelligent use of planning powers and cooperation from landowners and developers can bring matters to a speedy conclusion and a quality outcome that befits a Garden City.”

At the heart of Alkerden will be a new ‘market centre’ with commercial, retail, and community facilities as well as new homes. It will include a primary and secondary education campus as well as a library, sports facilities, and a mixed-use centre with shops and cafes, business space, a doctor’s surgery, and gym.

The approval also provides a vision for how a major urban park which will run through the centre of Whitecliffe. Last year, social housing provider Clarion and developer Countryside won the contract to enter into a joint venture and deliver up to 2,600 new homes on the site in Ashmere.

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