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495 homes approved for Ebbsfleet

Words: Laura Edgar
Artist impression / Taylore Wimpey

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s planning committee has approved plans for a 495-home development for the garden city.

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey will build 332 homes and housing association Clarion will build 163 homes at Castle Hill in Eastern Quarry.

Castle Hill is the first of three villages planned in Eastern Quarry, where in total 6,250 homes will be built. A new market square that comprises shops, bars and restaurants, as well as office space, and a new primary and secondary education campus will also be built.

The Taylor Wimpey homes comprise 249 houses and 83 apartments. Clarion’s applications includes 140 homes that will be available for shared ownership or affordable rent.

Ian Piper, chief executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “These two applications will complete the Castle Hill area where there are already 507 homes being lived in and new communities formed, with a further 191 properties currently under construction.”

At 1.5 miles wide, Eastern Quarry will be the largest part of Ebbsfleet Garden City. A third of the development area will be open space, and a large urban park is planned to help integrate the former chalk quarry with the new homes.

Image credit | Taylor Wimpey