Town of Ebbsfleet, Kent
Ebbsfleet is located in the Borough of Dartford (west of Ebbsfleet river) and in the Borough of Gravesham (east of river).
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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 granted.
The plans announced by the chancellor would cover three core sites - Eastern Quarry, Ebbsfleet station and Swanscombe peninsula, which had a capacity for 15,000 homes.
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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