The public will be asked what it thinks about plans to create a new riverside quarter near Ebbsfleet United football club.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation is looking at redeveloping the Grove Road area of Northfleet and is launching a six-week consultation to find out views on the proposal.
Plans could include 450 new homes, up to a third of which will be affordable homes, restaurants, employment space, new and improved roads, a new park and better access to the riverside.

Last year, 530 homes were approved for Ebbsfleet Garden City in nearby Northfleet West and one of the key aspects of the Development Corporation’s proposals is to build on those approved plans by including a larger area and creating wider regeneration benefits.
The enlarged site could accommodate 980 homes overall.

The proposal will further enhance the area and create a new vibrant community on the waterfront in a part of the River Thames that has not been opened up to the public in more than 100 years.

Ian Piper, Chief Executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “Working closely with Gravesham Council, we believe this part of Northfleet has enormous potential but we want to find out if the public, particularly those living near that area, share the same view.   We want to hear people’s views on how to develop the area to maximise its potential, including how the local community can benefit.

“If they and the businesses in that area share our ambition, the riverfront along Northfleet could become another thriving community within Ebbsfleet Garden City with the existing plans already approved at Northfleet East and West for hundreds of new homes, a school and business space.”

Councillor David Turner, Leader of Gravesham Borough Council, said: “We realise that local residents may have limited knowledge of the regeneration that is planned around Grove Road and so this consultation will help consider the communities that are living there now and how they see this new waterfront community coming together. “

The six week consultation starts on June 18.
Full details are on ebbsfleetdc.org.uk/groveroad/along with an online survey which will seek people’s views.

There will also be two key events where the public can see the proposals and speak to officers.
They will be at:

Ebbsfleet United Football Club from 10am to 2pm, Saturday, June 23

Northfleet Veterans Club from 2pm to 8pm, Friday, July 13

Those taking part in the consultation also have the chance to be entered into a competition to win a healthy food hamper.