Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Corporate Plan 2016-2021

Brandon Lewis MP, Minister for Housing

In 2014, the Chancellor announced his intention to promote a Garden City at Ebbsfleet, and to create an Urban Development Corporation to drive delivery of housing and supporting infrastructure. The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation came into being on 20 April 2015, and became the planning decision-making authority on 1 July 2015. The government has allocated £310 million to forward fund utilities, transport and other community infrastructure needed to unblock housing and invest in the existing and future communities.

During this last year, the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has made great strides to establish themselves at the heart of the Garden City. The Corporation is close to completing its vision for the area, through an open and collaborative master-planning process that has sought to understand the needs of the established communities, whilst planning for new residents and businesses. This master plan recognises the need for a range of housing options, such as Starter Homes, and will support jobs and growth by planning for commercial and employment areas.

The Corporation has taken a leading role in tackling the challenging infrastructure issues that would eventually have slowed the progress of development. It is now working to conclude landmark agreements between the utility companies and the major landowners in the Garden City. These agreements will pave the way for state of the art utilities and high-speed fibre optic broadband delivered in partnership with the private sector.

Finally, the Corporation has established a strong and dedicated planning service, and continue to work closely with its local authority partners at Dartford, Gravesham and Kent, as well as the house builders to drive pace and quality in the delivery of new houses in the Ebbsfleet Garden City.

I believe that over the next year we will continue to see momentum building in the Garden City. We are approaching what will be a very busy time, with five house builders starting on site and work beginning in earnest to deliver the necessary infrastructure to facilitate and support growth. The Corporation has clear objectives for this next year, and I look forward to working with the EDC to see these priorities delivered.

Brandon Lewis MP

Michael Cassidy CBE, Chairman, Ebbsfleet Development Corproation

Ebbsfleet Garden City provides a fantastic opportunity to grow a civic community and business location where London meets the Garden of England. Building on a series of brownfield sites in arguably the most strategic site in England, through this Corporate Plan we have set out our Vision to deliver a vibrant city of up to 15,000 new homes and 32,000 new jobs, served by a range of sustainable facilities, amenities and activities which we believe shall identify Ebbsfleet Garden City as a prime destination in the UK.

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) was set up by Government from April 2015, and I am delighted to announce as Chairman of the Corporation that we are now fully operational. We shall use our influencing role to attract and direct investment and to co-ordinate activity within the Garden City. We have assumed planning management responsibility within our designated area, which together with our potential to invest and to directly develop when appropriate shall ensure that the new city is delivered to its maximum potential, at an appropriate pace.

As Chairman of the EDC, I am delighted to be joined by a Board of local and national experts who support me to ensure that the Garden City responds to local needs and ambitions, yet aspires to be a national exemplar in terms of the quality and relevance of what will be delivered. Partnership working is crucial in meeting the Vision and Objectives set out in this Corporate Plan, and therefore we shall be working collaboratively with the existing residents and businesses in the area, as well as with landowners, the local authorities and the many other interested parties to meet our joint ambitions.

This Corporate Plan covers the period 2016-21, reflecting the Government’s current Spending Review period. The Plan sets us on our road to meet the challenges that lie ahead in delivering the Garden City and I am hugely excited about the journey we are all starting together. Specifically this Plan sets out the ambitions for EDC to April 2021, which include our plans to invest £310m of Government funding to unlock the potential and to deliver up to 5,100 new homes over the plan period.

Michael Cassidy CBE, Chairman, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

The VISION for Ebbsfleet Garden City

Where London meets the Garden of England ...

...on the banks of the River Thames, Ebbsfleet exploits its strategic location to continue the tradition of great place-making in the UK; combining the best of urban and rural living and building on the ethos and pioneering spirit of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian planned communities to deliver a new benchmark for 21st century development including up to 15,000 high quality new homes.

Ebbsfleet Garden City will be recognised as a place to do business, capitalising on its role as a European high speed rail hub 17 minutes from Central London and two hours from Paris, and benefiting from its proximity to Bluewater and junctions with the M25 and the A2 motorways. Some 30,000 people will work in a green, modern environment around the International Station, which is projected to become a magnet for economic growth and a destination of choice for investment and innovation.

Building on the unique landscapes inherited from its industrial legacy where gorges, bridges, tunnels and clefts connect former chalk quarries, Ebbsfleet promotes its identity as a healthy and dynamic Garden City which is seen as a prime destination for recreation and leisure in Kent.

Ebbsfleet Garden City is the first in a generation of new sustainable places which has embraced its neighbouring communities and towns to create a new civic community connected by modern public transit, offering a diverse range of opportunities to live, work and play for people of all ages, backgrounds and incomes. The delivery of well-designed and well-served neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools and town centres ensures that our residents will enjoy a high quality of life, with easy access to everything they need for healthy and successful lives.

Quality, pace, maximum opportunity

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation will work collaboratively with all of our stakeholders to help secure the delivery of the Garden City Vision through a locally-led approach which establishes a distinct character and sets a high benchmark for the quality of development achieved.

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation will work to increase the pace of delivery, maximising the opportunity which our sites and location offer in order to achieve a development of national and international significance which creates a cohesive place that meets the needs of existing and future communities.

By 2021, we shall have invested at least £310m to enable and unlock a wide range of development opportunities which shall secure Ebbsfleet Garden City as a recognised destination and a desirable location to live, work and visit.

We shall have secured the delivery of 5100 high quality homes offering a variety of opportunities which reflect local need and appeal to individuals and families of all incomes, ages and backgrounds.

Our homes shall be balanced with a range of employment opportunities which shall establish Ebbsfleet as a thriving office-based business and innovation centre served by Ebbsfleet International Station

We shall have established Ebbsfleet as an active and healthy city by opening up opportunities for recreation and leisure through the utilisation of the landscape and topography and by identifying opportunities to create a significant destination for Kent.

Through forward funding new infrastructure, we shall have laid the foundations for a successful and sustainable Garden City.

We shall have increased confidence in existing communities through environmental improvements and opening up connections across the Garden City to ensure it feels like ‘One Garden City for everyone’.

We shall have built up trust and confidence in Ebbsfleet Development Corporation as a partner who delivers.

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