Ebbsfleet is located in the Borough of Dartford (west of Ebbsfleet river) and
in the Borough of Gravesham (east of river).
is located here.
A garden city with an initial 15,000 homes will be built at Ebbsfleet in
Kent, George Osborne announced in March 2014..
"It's on the river, it's in the south-east of England where a lot of the
housing pressure has been.
George Osborne said the government's initial plan was to build 15,000 new
homes in Ebbsfleet
"We're going to create an urban development corporation so we're going to create
the instrument that allows this kind of thing to go ahead and cuts through a lot
of the obstacles that often happen when you want to build these homes.
"There are already some homes being built on the site, so progress was under
way, but it was on a much, much smaller scale and with much less ambition than
what I'm setting out today."
Ebbsfleet has a stop on the high-speed rail line to the Channel Tunnel.
With planning permission for 8,000 homes already in the bag, its close access
to Bluewater shopping centre, the A2 and M25 as well as sitting on the fastest
rail track in the country, Ebbsfleet is the low-hanging fruit.
Three hundred homes have been built since planning permission was first
The plans announced by the chancellor would cover three core sites - Eastern
Quarry, Ebbsfleet station and Swanscombe peninsula, which had a capacity for
The concept of garden cities was developed by the liberal social reformer Sir
Ebenezer Howard. In his book "To-morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform",
published in 1898, he proposed cities of 30,000 people that were self-sufficient
and ringed by an agricultural belt.
Garden cities were a response to overcrowding and squalid living conditions
in cities following the Industrial Revolution. They were intended to combine the
best of urban life with access to nature.
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