The planning service and coronavirus

Our planning service remains in place during these testing times. We aim to validate and determine planning applications as usual but these processes may take longer in some cases and we recommend submitting your planning applications electronically via the Planning Portal or email. We recommend all applicants engage with their case officers if there are any queries on their submissions. The planning team are working remotely and will be available for video/conference calls. In some cases site visits will be needed and in these circumstances we will be asking applicants whether it is possible to access sites unaccompanied as we follow the Government’s guidelines on social isolation.


We are the local planning authority for Ebbsfleet Garden City. We assess applications from major developments to individual householders. You can view all planning applications in the Garden City and submit an application by following the links below. You can also view planning committee papers and dates.

For general planning queries please contact us on 0303 444 8832 or

Draft revised validation checklist consultation

We have created a draft revised local validation checklist and are now undergoing a consultation period of 6 weeks. EDC officers have reviewed the existing Validation List in the light of changes in legislation and we now wish to seek feedback on the revised document.

This draft local validation checklist has been produced to update and improve the earlier Local Validation List which is currently used to guide the submission of planning applications. It forms the basis on which planning applications are deemed to be valid. The list covers various issues and few applications will require all this information. The information required will be dependent upon the scale of the development and the specifics of the proposal.

The Draft Revised Validation Checklist document can be found here.

The consultation period will run for 6 weeks in total from 1st September 2020 until 17:00 on 13th October 2020. Please send any feedback to stating ‘Validation List Consultation’ in the subject field.

Comments on planning applications

All information you send us in relation to a planning application is public information, including comments made by statutory consultees or neighbours.

Your comments will be available for public inspection on the internet and by law must be available for anyone to inspect. This includes publishing any comments on our Public Access pages, so please note your correspondence cannot be kept confidential. Your comments are reviewed and personal information such as your signature, email address or telephone number will be the only elements removed.

Planning Information Guide

Our Planning Information Guide, providing general information on Planning and the application process, as well as specific information relating to the role of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation as local planning authority for Ebbsfleet Garden City, is available here.

Residents’ Guides

We have developed a series of guides to help you with planning in Castle Hill, Ebbsfleet Green and Springhead Park. Click here

Kent Planning Protocol

The Kent planning protocol has been produced jointly by the Kent Planning Officers Group and the Kent Developers Group. The leaders of all the Kent councils along with the chairs of the Kent Planning Officers, Kent Developers and Kent Housing groups have signed up to these commitments.

The EDC is fully supportive of the four commitments and so we have signed up to in the protocol. Together these commitments promote collaborative working between the development community and local planning authorities. The EDC was established in order to deliver of a 21st Century Garden City and in our role as Local Planning Authority for the area; we are committed to providing the highest quality of service in order to achieve this vision.

The planning protocol is significant in that it recognises the close collaborative working that already takes place in Kent between developers and councils and aims to ensure that every opportunity is taken to improve on what we do to achieve the objective of facilitating good quality sustainable growth within the county.

The document can be viewed here.

S106 Financial Contributions Payments

A section 106 agreement is a legal agreement which usually relates to major developments. It generally includes agreements relating to the amount a developer will contribute financially to alleviate the additional demand on local services and infrastructure caused by the development.

The EDC will invoice for each financial contribution as it is triggered. On receipt of the invoice, payment can be made either by cheque or electronic transfer. Should you wish to pay by cheque, please make these payable to Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and send with a covering letter for the attention of the Development Monitoring Officer. Should you wish to pay electronically, please transfer payment to the EDC bank account as detailed on the invoice. When paying electronically, you will need to reference the payment to ensure the funds are allocated to the correct account.

Copyright notice

Images of plans, drawings and other material relevant to an application are made available on this site for public inspection purposes only pursuant to section 47 of the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 so that they can be inspected at a more convenient time or place than would otherwise be the case.

Unless the 1988 Act provides relevant exception to copyright, the plans, drawings and other material on this site should not be copied without prior permission of the copyright owner. You should also note that you may not use documents electronically copied from this website for submission with new planning applications.

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