Planning permission granted at Ebbsfleet Garden City

Lee Evans Partnership (LEP) is working with Land Securities and the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) to deliver the next phase of the Ebbsfleet Garden City.

The area, known as Castle Hill South, includes the first Local Neighbourhood Centre and comprises over 120 new homes, a two form primary school and a community centre along with associated commercial and community facilities. Alongside landowners and developers, LEP is working in line with the government’s objectives of creating high-quality housing and communities supported by local employment opportunities, infrastructure and recreational amenities.

A spokesman for Lee Evans Partnership said:

 “We are aiming to create in Castle Hill a place where communities can grow, and a sense of identity is of central importance to the process. Our approach seeks to achieve appropriate density of living, and will be of a contemporary vernacular whilst retaining a strong sense of place in Ebbsfleet. We’re delighted to be part of the team and to be given this unique opportunity to deliver a 21st century garden city.”

LEP has carried out proving layouts for a total of 375 affordable housing units on behalf of Circle Housing, and planning permission has just been granted by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation for Phase 1 of the scheme, totalling 125 units. LEP’s application followed detailed discussions with Dartford Council and the EDC, as well as a public consultation with local residents in the Ebbsfleet district.

The LEP Planning & Architecture teams are also working alongside Newcrest Estates Limited to develop the Castle Hill Neighbourhood Centre, which will include shops, a pub hotel, apartments, cafes, health centre and a convenience store. In addition the firm, which has a strong reputation in the Education sector built up over more than 40 years, is working with Land Securities and Kent County Council and Leigh Academies Trust to develop a 2FE primary school with a maintained nursery, SEN provision and a independent community centre at Castle Hill that will serve the local community.