Update on Key Investment Opportunities in North Kent

July 4, 2016

Update on Key Investment Opportunities in North Kent

Download the latest summary for the progress of some of the key schemes and projects taking place in North Kent’s Plan for Growth 2014-2020.

Ebbsfleet Garden City

Work is continuing at pace in Ebbsfleet Garden City, led by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC). The EDC is working with house builders and developers to deliver growth in four key development areas – Eastern Quarry, Ebbsfleet Central, Northfleet Riverfront and Swanscombe Peninsula, encompassing seven main sites. Seven developers will be on site during 2016/17, delivering completion of an estimated 300 high quality homes and 600 starts on site. By 2021, on current projections, there will be over 5,000 new homes in the Garden City, delivered at the rate of around 1,000 per year from 2017/18, and reaching a total of 10,964 by 2026.

Key milestones include:

  • 1,400 homes consented since October 2015 and approval of a new primary school for the Eastern Quarry site. The school is planned to open in September 2017.
  • Countryside Properties has returned to the Garden City for the first time in four years to build more than 120 new homes at its Springhead Park development. Redrow is preparing the ground for 180 homes on the Ebbsfleet Green site.
  • EDC is working with the consortium of landowners EIGP (Land Securities/Tarmac) and HS1 to develop a new city centre for Ebbsfleet around the International Station. This should create up to 32,000 jobs across the Garden City as it sees the creation of a major new work, leisure and residential destination. This will include up to 4,000 new homes.
  • A major announcement is also due shortly for the Northfleet Riverside area.

For 2016/17 the EDC will deliver investment of £40m to deliver the essential and early infrastructure required to unlock development and to increase market confidence in the Garden City, including highways, utilities and employment land. Phase One of the Core Utilities Network will start on site (for completion in 2017/18). This summer the EDC will publish its new Garden City Master Plan, agreed and owned by all land owners and developers to guide the development process. The next few months will also see agreements around a major new public transit system, to include an upgraded plan for FASTRACK.

Included within the boundary of Ebbsfleet Garden City, the Swanscombe Peninsula (4) is earmarked for development of the London Paramount Entertainment Resort, an exciting and nationally significant infrastructure project expected to create up to 27,000 jobs and attract an average 40,000 visitors per day. The company promoting the proposals, London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH), has announced it will be consulting publicly on revised proposals this autumn, prior to submission of its Development Consent Order in mid-2017. EDC is working with LRCH through co-ordination of master planning proposals and collaborative working to address strategic transport and access issues. On this revised timetable, subject to approval by the Secretary of State, construction could begin in 2018/19 with the resort ready for opening in 2022.

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