Housing Minister visits Ebbsfleet Garden City

Summary

New Housing Minister Gavin Barwell MP today saw the huge progress being made in Ebbsfleet Garden City during a tour of the area. He visited the areas under development, including Castle Hill, the first village at Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Eastern Quarry site, where Circle Housing is building 52 homes for affordable rent and 73 for shared ownership.

The Minister for Housing, Planning and London met with Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Circle Housing. Circle Housing is the affordable housing provider for Castle Hill, and they discussed the progress being made on the first 125 affordable homes as well as Circle Housing’s wider plans to deliver a further 250 affordable homes in the next six years.

Gavin Barwell said: “This Government is determined to build the homes people need and to help them achieve their ambition of home ownership, and I am confident we can deliver many of them in Ebbsfleet.

“Ebbsleet Garden City has great potential with its high speed transport links and I was pleased to see today the progress made so far.”

Mark Rogers, Chief Executive at Circle Housing said: “As the affordable housing provider for Castle Hill, we are proud to be a leading partner in the development of a new and diverse Garden City in Ebbsfleet with quality homes and a first class infrastructure.

“We were pleased to show the minister first-hand the progress that is being made on the first 125 affordable homes for this exciting project, and talk him through our wider plans to deliver a further 250 affordable homes over six years.”

Paul Spooner, Interim Chief Executive of the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “The Minister saw first-hand the pace of development in the Garden City and the advances that have been made in the last year.

“Our developers are on target for 600 new starts on site this year, 300 of which will be completed. The Minister could see the speed at which new properties are being delivered in Ebbsfleet Garden City.”

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 three years.