Ebbsfleet delivery track: November update
Ebbsfleet Garden City magazine continues to track progress in the garden city, where 474 homes have been completed across seven development sites.
In Castle Hill, part of Eastern Quarry, Ward Homes is to announce completion of phase one, delivering 150 new homes, all already sold. Barratt Homes will start releasing a further 112 apartments in phases from January 2017.
In the same area, Persimmon Homes has completed the first seven units as part of phase two, which includes 295 new homes; a show home and marketing suite is open, six homes have been sold and three reserved. Also in Castle Hill phase two, Circle Housing is working on 21 units. And Taylor Wimpey has consent for 69 apartments.
The steel frame is being built for 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.
The masterplan for the remaining parts of Eastern Quarry is being revised, with amendments to the commercial space, which is to be relocated to the western boundary, and a reconfiguration of the open space: a consultation event was held on 23 November, and the revised masterplan will be submitted in December.
In Ebbsfleet Green, the first 19 units have been completed. Redrow has outline planning permission for 950 homes, a primary school, community centre, sports and leisure facilities, a park and highway improvements. Work is under way on the first 180 homes, given detailed consent in January 2016.
In Springhead Park, a sub-phase of Ebbsfleet Valley (see below), work has started on 38 units, part of phase two, which includes 123 homes. Countryside also has planning permission for 377 homes, forming phase one: 298 are complete and occupied, the remaining are expected to be ready in March 2021. A community centre has opened on site. 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, outline planning permission has been granted for 110 homes on Craylands Lane. And 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 for up to 532 homes has been submitted by Lafarge and is being considered by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. The application also includes 46,000sq m of employment floorspace, along with 850sq m for local shops and services.
In Northfleet Embankment East, work has been carried out to prepare the site for development. Pre-application discussions have taken place for around 630 homes, a two-form entry primary school, community and retail use. A planning application should be submitted next month (December).