Ebbsfleet Development Corporation is going out to a second round of consultation as it works to create new links to a riverside residential quarter near Ebbsfleet United football club.

Two years ago,  the corporation carried out an  extensive public consultation when residents and businesses were asked what they’d like to see in the Grove Road area of Northfleet. This new consultation reflects those answers.

Now the corporation has bought almost half of the land and is keen to develop it to its full potential. The new consultation will take place online and phone due to coronavirus.

You can take part by heading to groveroadedc.co.uk and completing the questionnaire. There will be a webinar on 28th July from 5pm to 7pm. People can also call freephone 0800 319 6185 to discuss their ideas. Leaflets with a tear off questionnaire and free post address will also form part of the consultation.

The plans could include 320 new homes, a third of which would be affordable, retirement living, restaurants, employment space, a dedicated Fastrack route, new and improved roads, a community centre, public square, a new park and better access to the River Thames.

Last year, 530 homes were approved on an adjacent site in nearby Northfleet West.

Ian Piper, Chief Executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “This part of Northfleet has enormous potential and our proposal will further enhance the area and create a new vibrant community on the River Thames.”

The corporation is keen to reconnect existing communities in Northfleet to the riverside and it will  carefully consider all comments before submitting an outline planning application in November 2020.

Ebbsfleet Garden City now has more than 2,000 homes as well as a primary school with another set to open in September, a hotel and pub, with another on the way.

The Grove Road regeneration project involves acquisition by EDC from the private, public and third sectors to assemble an underused brownfield site and the delivery of a new riverside residential quarter by the private sector.

The project directly provides: significant number of new homes, with 30% being affordable, environmental / public realm improvements to Robins Creek and along Grove Road; pedestrian and cycle improvements to College Road / Hive Lane.