New housing minister sees progress at Ebbsfleet Garden City
The new housing minister has taken a tour of England’s newest garden city to see some of the latest developments for new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City.
Gavin Barwell MP, who was made minister for housing, planning and London by Theresa May, the new Prime Minister, last month, was shown the progress on new build homes that has been made across various sites in the city.
Barwell visited a 180-home Redrow Homes development in Ebbsfleet Green and he also took a tour of Eastern Quarry where Circle Housing is building 52 homes for affordable rent and 73 Shared Ownership homes and where Persimmon have started preparing a site for 170 homes.
Gavin Barwell says: “This government is determined to build the homes people need and to help them achieve their ambition of home ownership, and I am confident we can deliver many of them in Ebbsfleet.
“Ebbsfleet Garden City has great potential with its high speed transport links and I was pleased to see today the progress made so far.”
The minister also visited Springhead Park, to see the next phase of a Countryside development of 123 homes that is expected to be completed in early 2017.
Barwell was presented with details about the plans for a £12m bridge which will link Springhead Park to Ebbsfleet International Station and which is scheduled to open in early 2019 and was shown the site of a new primary school, Castle Hill, which will open in September 2017.
Paul Spooner, interim chief executive of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “The Minister saw first-hand the pace of development in the Garden City and the advances that have been made in the last year.
“Our developers are on target for 600 new starts on site this year, 300 of which will be completed.”
Chris Lilley, managing director of Redrow Homes (South East), said: “Redrow has made a long-term commitment to Ebbsfleet Garden City that will ultimately see up to 950 new homes built on our site, as well as investment into extensive community facilities.
“We have been overwhelmed by the demand for the homes at Ebbsfleet Green, with over 9,000 people registering their interest in our first phase of 180 homes.
Mark Rogers, chief executive for Circle Housing said: “We were pleased to show the minister first-hand the progress that is being made on the first 125 affordable homes for this exciting project.”