Plans for Eastern Quarry to be revised

The developers of Eastern Quarry are preparing an application to amend their plans for the site.

Henley Camland invited members of the local community to view the new proposals and speak with the people behind them during a public exhibition at The Observatory on Southfleet Road on 23 November.

The new plans, to be submitted in December, seek to change the layout and disposition of uses in the western part of the site: they will see the relocation of the commercial space to the western boundary and a reconfiguration of the open space.

Outline planning consent for Eastern Quarry was originally granted to Land Securities and Camland at the beginning of 2013, making provision for up to 6,250 new homes, 120sq m of office space, 26,000sq m of retail, 11,000sq m of hotel, 50,000sq m of leisure and 50,000sq m of community space or social infrastructure. The site is made up of three villages: Castle Hill, Alkerden and Western Cross.

No changes will be made to the plans for Castle Hill, where development is under way and will continue according to the masterplan already approved.

A spokesperson for Camland told Ebbsfleet Garden City magazine that 30 attendees were recorded during the event on 23 November, but several more people attended despite not being on the register.

Asked about the reasons for the change in the plans, the spokesperson said: “The proposed changes are driven by several factors including policy and legislative changes since the existing planning permission was obtained, a changed economic climate and market and newly identified opportunities for enhanced placemaking through design.”

Peter Nelson, managing director of Camland, said: It was great to be able to discuss the proposals with the local community at the exhibition event and comments are still being received, which helps us with addressing key issues through the proposals. The team is now working up refined proposals and we aim to submit the application before Christmas.”

Camland announced there will be another opportunity to comment on the application once it has been submitted to the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.