Housing minister Esther McVey has revealed government backing for a major house building project in Kent that will add 15,000 new homes to the nation’s property market in single stroke.
After nearly five years of planning and political ping-pong, Ebbsfleet Garden City is to come to life with a new central urban area called Ebbsfleet Central.
Land for the new 310-acre conurbation has now been secured and, at a launch event yesterday at Ebbsfleet train station, it was revealed that the government has spent substantial sums buying up the estate needed to build the residential and commercial area.
“Projects such as Ebbsfleet Central have a key role in making sure we deliver the homes this country needs while protecting the countryside,” says McVey.
“The development will make the most of brownfield land and make a big contribution to delivering quality new homes for families within the garden city, at least 30% of which will be affordable.
“However, it is not enough just to build new houses, we need to ensure we build proud communities with a sense of place.
“That’s why developments such as this are so important, providing facilities and homes for families in a thriving new urban centre at the heart of the community.”
Until now the project had been stalled in the face of government spending cuts but, as PM Boris Johnson seeks to stimulate the economy ahead of Brexit, it has now been given his government’s backing.
“We will now be talking to developers and investors to maximise the enormous potential Ebbsfleet Central will bring for all,” says Michael Cassidy, chairman of Ebbsfleet Garden City.
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