Affordable homes approved for Ebbsfleet Garden City

Circle Housing Russet will start construction work within Castle Hill, the first village at Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Eastern Quarry site, in the summer.

The new development forms part of wider plans by the affordable housing provider to deliver a total of 375 homes in the Castle Hill area over the next six years, after it agreed terms on 19 acres with landowners Land Securities last year.

Circle Housing and its architects Lee Evans Partnership will develop a range of one and two bedroom flats and two, three and four bedroom houses, with 52 homes available for affordable rent and 73 for shared ownership. It is one of the first housing organisations to be given planning consent by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

Paul Hicks, Regional Development Director at Circle Housing Russet said: “We are incredibly excited that these plans have been approved so that we can start working with our partners and the wider community to deliver hundreds of much-needed affordable new homes within Ebbsfleet over the next six years.”

The planning application was submitted following a public consultation with local people and detailed discussions with the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Dartford Council and Land Securities.

Tom Venner, Development Director at Land Securities, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Circle Housing in the delivery of new homes at Castle Hill. Affordable housing is an essential ingredient to sustainable communities, and we welcome the investment and commitment made by Circle Housing. We look forward to forging a productive partnership with Circle Housing and our housebuilder partners to continue the delivery of 1,500 homes at Castle Hill.”

The affordable homes are being developed by Circle Housing alongside homes for market sale by private developers Wards and Charles Church. They form part of Circle Housing’s development pipeline of more than 2,500 affordable homes across the UK in the next 3 years.