Ebbsfleet delivery track: April update

How is the delivery of the Garden City progressing? We look at each of the seven development sites in the area, where a total of 539 homes have been built so far.

Compared to November 2016, when Ebbsfleet Garden City magazine published its previous delivery track, 65 more properties have been constructed and 766 given planning approval. In the year to April 2017, work has started on 614 homes.

Phase one of Eastern Quarry is now complete, with all 150 homes sold and occupied. 

A further 112 units are being built at the site, 42 of them marketed and sold, with the first residents expected to move in between May and June.

Phase two includes 295 homes. Persimmon Homes has completed 35 and sold 40. Ten are occupied.

Clarion Group is building an additional 69 apartments, 21 of which have been released on the market. The first buyers will move in in May. The housing association was given the go-ahead this month for a further 42 homes for shared ownership or rent.

Infrastructure work is being carried out on phase three, which includes 196 homes.

The steel framework, retaining wall and boundary wall have been completed at Cherry Orchard Primary Academy, the Garden City’s first school. It is due to open in September 2017.

In Ebbsfleet Green, 44 homes out of 180 have been completed in phase one. Redrow was given approval for a further 191 properties this month. The developer has outline consent for 950 homes, a primary school, community centre, sports and leisure facilities, a park and highway improvements. Planning permission is also in place for 1,093sq m of office space. The Garden City’s first pub, a restaurant and hotel are also being built.

Work is also under way on Springhead Park, one of the neighbourhoods in Ebbsfleet Valley: 298 homes have been built and are occupied as part of phase one – 94 of them were allocated as affordable, the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) said. A community centre and church are also open at the site.

Work has started on the remaining 79 units of phase one, and on 113 of the 123 homes in phase 2A.

This summer, construction of a £12 million bridge will start: it will link Springhead Park residents with Ebbsfleet International Station.

The masterplan has been approved for the other three quarters of Ebbsfleet Valley: Station Quarter North, Station Quarter South (in the borough of Dartford) 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 the Swanscombe Peninsula, the planned London Paramount entertainment resort has been identified as a nationally significant infrastructure project. Humphrey Percy, recently appointed chief executive at London Paramount, said a planning application for the £3.5 billion project will be submitted to the government by the end of November, with a decision expected in the summer of 2019 and opening in 2022.

In the same area, outline planning permission has been granted for 110 homes in Craylands Lane.

An outline planning application for Northfleet Embankment West was approved in January: it includes 532 homes and 46,000sq m of employment space.

Engineering operations have started to build a school and community playing fields.

In March, Keepmoat Homes submitted a planning application for 628 homes in Northfleet Embankment East. Plans also include a primary school, community and retail use. An outline application for commetcial development on the western side of the site will be discussed by the planning committee of the EDC in May.

Preparation works have taken place on the site.