New Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP today saw the huge progress being made in Ebbsfleet Garden City during a tour of the area.
The Minister for Housing, Planning and London, saw and heard about sites under development across the Garden City including:
- Ebbsfleet Green where Redrow are starting on 180 new homes
- Eastern Quarry where Circle Housing is building 52 homes for affordable rent and 73 for shared ownership
- and where Persimmon have started on site for 170 homes
- Springhead Park where Countryside has returned after four years and will complete the first of its next phase of 123 homes in early 2017
The Minister also heard about plans for the £12million bridge which will link Springhead Park to Ebbsfleet International Station and is scheduled to open in early 2019 as well as seeing the site where a new primary school will open in Castle Hill in September 2017.
Gavin Barwell said: “This Government is determined to build the homes people need and to help them achieve their ambition of home ownership, and I am confident we can deliver many of them in Ebbsfleet.
“Ebbsleet Garden City has great potential with its high speed transport links and I was pleased to see today the progress made so far.”
Paul Spooner, Interim Chief Executive of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “The Minister saw first-hand the pace of development in the Garden City and the advances that have been made in the last year.
“Our developers are on target for 600 new starts on site this year, 300 of which will be completed. The Minister could see the speed at which new properties are being delivered in Ebbsfleet Garden City.”
Chris Lilley, managing director of Redrow Homes (South East), said: “Redrow has made a long-term commitment to Ebbsfleet Garden City that will ultimately see up to 950 new homes built on our site, as well as investment into extensive community facilities. These will include a new primary school, community centre, a multitude of sports and leisure facilities, a new park and significant investment into transport and highway improvements.
“We have been overwhelmed by the demand for the homes at Ebbsfleet Green, with over 9,000 people registering 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 for Circle Housing said: “As the affordable housing provider for Castle Hill, we are proud to be a leading partner in the development of a new and diverse Garden City in Ebbsfleet with quality homes and a first class infrastructure.
“We were pleased to show the minister first-hand the progress that is being made on the first 125 affordable homes for this exciting project, and talk him through our wider plans to deliver a further 250 affordable homes over six years.”