Ebbsfleet is a Good Housing Site, But not Net, New or Garden City

How can Osborne announce as ‘new’ anything which is already in the local plan, has been around for years, was in the South East Plan and has planning consent.  Osborne might as well announce Peter Capaldi is the new Doctor Who.  A good site, a good housing site, but doesn’t mop up one extra housing unit displaced by Bole’s Green Belt/Regional planning chaos. In 24hrs sources close to Gideon have gone from no site yet chosen, to a site in MKSM to Ebbsfleet (presumably as the SEA judicable options as it is announcing nothing apart from the UDC, aimportant as delivery and ibvestment here is the issue, probably because it classifies as a ‘urban’ site so can be designated under the 1980 Planning and Land Act rather than the New Towns Act (Which would require primary legislation to bring it up to date).

)/  Telegraph

Britain’s first new garden city in 100 years is to be built in Ebbsfleet in Kent, George Osborne has announced.

The Chancellor announced plans to “build for Britain” by creating the new city with 15,000 homes on the Thames Estuary.The new settlement will be modelled on popular garden cities built at the beginning of the last century including Letchworth and Welwyn Garden City.

Mr Osborne also announced that the government will extend the Help-to-Buy scheme for newly built houses until 2020, which will lead to 120,00 new homes.

Mr Osborne said: “If you look at Letchworth, Welwyn Garden City, Milton Keynes – our predecessors had the ambition to build for Britain. I want to extend the Help-to-Buy scheme for newly built houses.

“We are also for the first time in 100 years going to build a garden city in Ebbsfleet in the Thames Estuary. This means more homes, this means more aspiration for families. Britain has got to get building.”

It already has a station on the high-speed rail line from London to continental Europe (PA)

As first disclosed in The Telegraph on Saturday, the government will set up an urban development corporation of private and public companies to help build the city.

However, to date, progress towards building a new settlement in Ebbsfleet has been slow. The first planning application was made in 2003 but just 150 homes have been built.

Mr Osborne praised Ebbsfleet’s potential. He said: “Ebbsfleet there is the land available, there is fantastic infrastructure with a high speed line, it’s on the river, it’s in the South East of England where a lot of the housing pressure has been.

“You’ve got local communities and MPs who support the idea. We are going to create an urban development corporation. There are alreadysome home being built on the site, but on a much, much smaller scale.”

A Treasury spokesman said: ” The area has long been identified as having great development potential, but investment and progress have been stalled for decades.

“[That] is why the government wants to create a powerful new body – similar to what happened in Docklands in the 1980s – to really drive and promote the area, coordinate investment from government and solve the issues that have held back development.”