Minister: Garden City has “great potential”

Ebbsfleet Garden City “has great potential with its high speed transportation links”, according to Gavin Barwell MP, minister for housing, planning and London.

The minister visited the Garden City development sites on 8 August 2016, in one of his first engagements since being appointed, and said he was confident the site could deliver many of the homes people need and play a part in helping them achieve their ambition of home-ownership.

The ministerial visit was also the occasion for some of those involved in the work on Ebbsfleet to share their views on the development.

Paul Spooner, interim chief executive of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said the minister had seen the speed at which new properties are being delivered in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

“Our developers are on target for 600 new starts on site this year, 300 of which will be completed,” he added.

Chris Lilley, managing director of Redrow Homes (South East), said the company had been “overwhelmed” by the demand for homes at Ebbsfleet Green, where Redrow is building 950 properties, a primary school, community centre, sports and leisure facilities, a park and highway improvements.

“More than 9,000 people have registered their interest in our first phase of 180 homes.

“It’s clear from speaking with many of our customers that they want to be a part of the brand new community that’s emerging here, in an area that’s under 20 minutes from London by train.”

Mark Rogers, chief executive of Circle Housing, said he had showed the minister the progress that was being made on the first 125 homes on the site which will be allocated as affordable, and talked him through the wider plans for a further 250 over six years.