An estate agent and a pharmacy will open this month in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Robinson Jackson, which has branches throughout Kent and London, and Delmergate Pharmacy, which is based in Kent, will open at the Castle Hill Local Centre in the Garden City in North Kent.

For residents, it increases the services available within their local neighbourhood, adding to the Co-op store which opened last year.

Robert Browning Robert Browning, a partner with the estate agency said: It felt like a natural move for us as we have been helping clients move within Ebbsfleet Garden City since the very first properties came to the open market.

The Ebbsfleet Garden City development and infrastructure is unique and is going to be vast and with the many differing property types it requires a different level of experience and so I decided to go with a more specialised service to the area.

“I am personally very passionate about the development, I think for a potential homeowner owning a property here is a great opportunity.

“I think it’s fantastic to see new schools appearing, shops,  good transport links, tennis courts and sports facilities not to mention the open green spaces that a garden city provides.”

The estate agent and the pharmacy next doorThe pharmacy, which is a family run and multi-award winning chain, almost did not get off the ground. A number of applications were made unsuccessfully over two years but when Ebbsfleet Development Corporation was asked to step in and help with the appeal to overturn the decision, it did.

A licence was granted following a successful appeal to NHS England.

Jayesh Patel, Managing Director of Delmergate Pharmacy said: “This is the result of 3 years hard work and we are delighted with the outcome. We hope that we will have the full support of local residents when we open and look forward to serving the community of Ebbsfleet.”

The estate agents will open on July 26 and the pharmacy on July 23.

Ian Piper, Chief Executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “We are delighted these two businesses have seen the very real potential there is here.  For the growing number of new residents, having local shops and services available on their doorstep is an important part of creating a great place to live.”