Ebbsfleet delivery track: September update

Ebbsfleet Garden City magazine tracks the progress of the seven development sites in the area.

In Castle Hill, part of Eastern Quarry, 135 homes have been completed by Ward Homes out of 150 granted permission in August 2013 for phase one of the development. They have all been sold, with 118 occupied. Barratt Homes has carried out the ground floor works for a further 112 apartments.

Also in Castle Hill, Circle Housing is building 52 homes for affordable rent and 73 for shared ownership, while Persimmon Homes has started work on 34 of the 295 properties granted consent in January 2016.

Groundwork is being carried out on Cherry Orchard Primary, the first new school for the Garden City, run by Leigh Academies Trust. It will provide places for 420 students, 26 nursery children and 15 special needs pupils. Approved in March 2016, it is due to open in September 2017.

In Ebbsfleet Green, Redrow was granted in March 2014 outline planning permission for 950 homes, a primary school, community centre, sports and leisure facilities, a park and highway improvements. Work has started on 180 homes, given detailed consent in January 2016: the first 30 should be completed in 2017.

In Springhead Park, a sub-phase of Ebbsfleet Valley (see below), Countryside has planning permission for 377 home, forming phase one: 298 are complete and occupied, the remaining are expected to be ready in March 2021. Work is also under way on phase two, including 123 homes, with completion expected in June 2019. There are also plans for a £12 million bridge, which will link Springhead Park to Ebbsfleet International Station and is scheduled to open in early 2019.

In the Swanscombe Peninsula, plans are being devised for London Paramount entertainment resort, the £3.2 billion project for a 353-ha site.

Work is yet to begin on the remaining sites.

In Ebbsfleet Valley, outline permission was granted in four separate quarters in several stages from 2002 to 2009: Station Quarter North, Station Quarter South (in the borough of Dartford), Springhead (see above) and Northfleet Rise (in the borough of Gravesham). The four quarters are expected to deliver up to 3,384 homes, 493,700sq m of employment space (including offices and light industrial space), a further 310,420sq m for schools, community facilities and local shops, as well as 163,740sq m for hotels, leisure and entertainment facilities. 

In Northfleet Embankment West, an outline planning application including 532 homes has been submitted by Lafarge and is awaiting the green light from Natural England and Gravesham Borough Council housing department. The application also includes 48,000sq m of employment floorspace, 850sq m for local shops and services and 1,000sq m for a health centre.

In Northfleet Embankment East, pre-application discussions have started for around 700 homes with a view of a planning application being submitted in December 2016.