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Ebbsfleet Garden City: great transport, but where are the homes and jobs?

Ten miles from Greater London and with a high-speed rail station, good road links, and one of Britain’s biggest shopping malls on its doorstep, Ebbsfleet seems to have all the right ingredients to flourish. Yet the latest plan for a Garden City still faces big uncertainties.

Andrew Forster
05 March 2018
The grey shaded area shows the coverage of the EDC’s planning determination powers
The grey shaded area shows the coverage of the EDC’s planning determination powers

 

What’s going on at Ebbsfleet in Kent? Not a great deal, it seems. A decade ago LTT was given a tour of the Fastrack bus system in the area, and shown the big chalk quarries that would one day be home to thousands of new homes. Nowadays the Government talks of building an Ebbsfleet Garden City. Yet, in practice, few homes have been delivered and Ebbsfleet International station – which is supposed to lie at the heart of the city – remains surrounded by a sea of car parking...

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