2016 has seen Ebbsfleet Garden City take significant strides as the country’s first new garden city for more than a hundred years.

Housing developers are building more than 500 homes and plans are being progressed for further exciting developments in the New Year.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation  is co-ordinating the Garden City’s development and through its planning role and by developing essential infrastructure it is facilitating the increased pace of development.

After many years of slow progress the development sites at Ebbsfleet are now characterised by diggers, cranes and timber frames as houses are being built and sold at Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet Green, and Springhead Park.

The first shared ownership homes are under construction at Castle Hill and demand for these and for market housing is strong and forecast to continue into 2017 as the Garden City seeks to capitalise on its superb location between London and rural Kent.

In the first few months of 2017 the EDC’s planning committee will consider plans for a further 1100 homes on two key riverfront sites at Northfleet and in the major area of Eastern Quarry, developers will submit a new master plan for over 4,500 new homes in two new villages to complement the development under way at Castle Hill.

The Cherry Orchard Primary school is under construction and on target to open in September 2017 as the Garden City’s first new school.

Work will start on the EDC’s new Springhead bridge in 2017 which will connect this developing new neighbourhood directly with Ebbsfleet International station.

The first phase of new walkways and cycleways linking existing and new communities, the Garden City’s green corridors will be created in 2017, and plans are progressing to enhance the existing Fastrack bus service to encourage greater access to public transport.

Paul Spooner, the EDC’s Chief Executive, said: “One of our aims is for the new high quality Fastrack to provide existing and new residents with direct access to Bluewater including opening up the tunnels through the chalk spine from Eastern Quarry and we are working with the owners to investigate the feasibility of delivering this.”

Robert Goodman, General Manager at Bluewater,  said: “We look forward to working with the EDC team to help realise their vision.”

Paul Spooner added:  “As we approach 2017, Ebbsfleet Garden City is well placed to attract further public and private investment, deliver development at pace, and create the much needed new homes, community facilities and transport improvements which this area of North Kent deserves.”