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EDC approves Ebbsfleet Garden City plans


Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s (EDC) planning committee has approved masterplans and design codes for villages in Ashmere and Alkerden.

In the two villages 4,600 homes will be created in an area historically known as Eastern Quarry, which is now named Whitecliffe. To the east of Whitecliffe in Castle Hill, 1,600 homes are underway and new communities have formed.

The approval provides a clear vision for how a major urban park will run through the centre of Whitecliffe.

The 667-acre site, owned by Henley Camland, lies 19 miles south east of central London.

Michael Cassidy, chairman of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation's board, said: "The process of giving planning permission for the "look and feel" of the main next phase of housing at Ebbsfleet Garden City marks an historic turning point in the ambitions for this flagship enterprise.

"It shows how intelligent use of planning powers and cooperation from landowners and developers can bring matters to a speedy conclusion and a quality outcome that befits a garden city."

In the heart of Alkerden a new ‘market centre’ with commercial, retail and community facilities and new homes will be formed. It will be defined by a primary and secondary education campus as well as a library, sports facilities, and a mixed-use centre with shops and cafes, business space, a doctor’s surgery and a gym.

Ashmere will contrast Alkerden with its strong Kentish influenced design codes and commitment to garden city principles.

Last year, social housing provider Clarion and developer Countryside entered into a joint venture to deliver up to 2,600 new homes on the site in Ashmere.

Image credit | Ebbsfleet Development Corporation