Faster homes from factory

A more time-efficient way to build houses will soon become a reality, following planning approval for a modular housing factory in Ebbsfleet, which will make up to 1,000 properties a year.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC)'s planning committee approved plans submitted by developer Berkeley Group to build a 13,935sq m manufacturing facility and a 1,440sq m office building on a 7.5-ha site in Northfleet.

The factory will produce finished modules complete with plumbing, electrics, and internal finishing, including flooring and fittings that can be assembled on-site, creating up to 240 full-time jobs and training for local people; and taking half the time to build than previous properties.

Ian Piper, chief executive of EDC, said: "Modular construction is helping to speed up the delivery of new homes in the UK and with Berkeley recognised as one of the country's leading developers, we are pleased it has chosen Ebbsfleet Garden City as the place it wants to produce its modern new homes."

Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman of the Berkeley Group, added: "It will help us create fantastic homes for our customers where they can live comfortably in a beautiful setting. That is what will really drive demand and create value for our business, as well as build fantastic communities for people in the future."