Deal to deliver more homes

Work has started to create almost 600 new homes at Northfleet Embankment in Ebbsfleet Garden City, following a deal between Homes England and developer Keepmoat Homes.

Keepmoat Homes is purchasing the 11.6 hectare site from Homes England for the residential development that will feature 598 homes of which there will be 224 affordable properties.

Planning permission was granted last year at the site, which will also provide a new primary school, open space and a Fastrack bus connection. Homes England has done extensive remediation work to prepare the land for development, after working on the scheme with both Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Gravesham Borough Council.

Ian Piper, chief executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “This new development by Keepmoat will transform this important waterfront area and make a great contribution to Ebbsfleet Garden City, by bringing new homes and community facilities to Northfleet.”

Stephen Kinsella, executive director for land at Homes England, said: “Getting homes built on public land is at the heart of our mission so we’re delighted to see Northfleet Embankment now start on site.

“This was a complex site and the joint efforts of partners will now be rewarded with a high-quality development to meet the housing needs of local people.”

As part of the deal, Keepmoat Homes has agreed to build the homes at an accelerated rate of more than 100 units per year.

Tim Beale, chief executive of Keepmoat Homes, said: “As Homes England’s largest delivery partner, we’ve worked together to deliver over 11,000 quality new homes across the country as part of consecutive Delivery Partner Panels since 2009.

“We are delighted to have completed this new deal with Homes England and are looking forward to starting on site at this transformational development in Northfleet, where we will create a thriving new community on the banks of the River Thames that is only 20 minutes from central London via Ebbsfleet International station.”

The first homes are expected to be created by May 2020, and the rest of the development is due to be finished by 2025.