Ebbsfleet Development Corporation is starting a process of public consultation on its plans to create a new centre for the Garden City with homes, shops, restaurants, health facilities and workspace on land around Ebbsfleet International Station.

It will run a series of face to face and virtual consultation sessions from today until January 14 2022.

Referred to as Ebbsfleet Central East, the Corporation has been working with a world class master planning team of Weston Williamson + Partners and Allies & Morrison to produce the plans, including some images of what the centre could look like.

The plans, which the Corporation expects to submit for planning approval in 2022, include the provision of high quality, flexible workspace, creating a new dynamic and innovative sub regional business hub.  The plans will be flexible to allow for new ways of working that emerge from the pandemic and respond to other technological changes and the way we travel in the future.

Ebbsfleet Central East will provide a range of ‘leisure and pleasure’ facilities including restaurants, shops, arts, film and music venues, with the aim of creating a vibrant place for Garden City residents and workers to enjoy.

It also promotes well designed, carbon zero housing developments laid out around high quality public realm, streets and green squares, and amenities to support a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Ian Piper, Chief Executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “These are the most important plans the Corporation has come forward with so far, and we want to hear from as many people as possible.  We are providing an online platform for everyone to look at the plans and provide their feedback, and we are holding events in a number of venues around the local area so that the public can talk to the team, see the plans and have their say on this exciting opportunity to create a vibrant heart to Ebbsfleet Garden City.”

The proposals being presented by EDC are the first step in delivering Ebbsfleet Central and focus on 3 key areas which make up Ebbsfleet Central East.

EDC is seeking the views of the local community and stakeholders on the draft proposals to help influence a future outline planning application.

The consultation material can be viewed at: ebbsfleetcentral.commonplace.is will also be presented at Public Exhibitions at

2 – 6pm on Monday 29th November @ St Peter & St Paul Church Centre, Swanscombe

10 – 1pm on Saturday 4th December @ The Observatory, Castle Hill

4 – 8pm on 7th December @ Eastgate, Springhead Park

9 – 1pm on  Wednesday 8th December @ The Traders Club, Northfleet

Virtual events will also take place on:

Thursday 25th November 2 – 2.45pm

Wednesday 1st December 10 – 10.45am

Wednesday 8th December 6 – 6.45pm

Tuesday 14th December 12.15 – 1pm