A centre with 4,000 homes and a rapid transport link between Bluewater and Ebbsfleet International station will be among the features of the future garden city in Kent. Drafts of the masterplan for Ebbsfleet, seen by Kent Business, reveal the project has been divided into four key development areas and will deliver 5,100 homes by April 2021.
The zones – Ebbsfleet Central, Northfleet Riverfront, Eastern Quarry and Swanscombe – will create a place “with strong environmental credentials and a strong city-centre feel to it”, according to Paul Spooner, the boss of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC).
The body, which awards planning permission over the site, is due to sign off the final version of the plan this month before revealing it to the public in September.
It will show Ebbsfleet Central as the heart of the new garden city and its economic hub, featuring 4,000 homes, including 1,000 starter homes, and 4.3m sq ft of commercial development. The Eastern Quarry will create the most homes – about 4,750 – with a masterplan for this already agreed with developers and construction due to start in April.
Northfleet Riverside, about five minutes from Ebbsfleet Central, will be two new mixed use, high-density neighbourhoods on the Thames.
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