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Ebbsfleet secures land for central development

Words: Laura Edgar
Artist impression of Ebbsfeet / Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has purchased 125 hectares of land to create a centre for the garden city.

The site will deliver a new commercial and residential centre called Ebbsfleet Central.

The area has been stalled to development until now, but the corporation said purchasing the land means that it can take control and unlock the site.

Michael Cassidy CBE, chairman of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation board, said: “This is the most exciting project to happen in Ebbsfleet Garden City to date and we aim to create a centre that is vibrant and creates economic opportunities that will be enjoyed by people for years to come.

“We will now be talking to developers and investors to maximise the enormous potential Ebbsfleet Central will bring for all.”

The corporation bought the land from EIGP, which is a joint venture company of Landsec and Ebbsfleet Property LLP.

The government has backed the purchase and the garden city. Housing minister Esther McVey said: “The development will make the most of brownfield land and make a big contribution to delivering 15,000 quality new homes for families within the garden city, at least 30 per cent 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.”

Law firm Pinsent Masons advised Ebbsfleet Development Corporation on the acquisition of the land.

More than 1,700 homes have been built in Ebbsfleet Garden City for an estimated 4,000 residents. Eventually up to 15,000 homes will be created.

Image credit | Ebbsfleet Development Corporation