18 May 2017
A multidisciplinary team from WYG has secured outline planning permission for a major commercial scheme which will help support a new garden city at Ebbsfleet in Kent. It is set to be the first large employment scheme in the borough of Gravesham for ten years and only the second in thirty years.
The development, for the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC), will provide up to 231,000 sq. ft of space, including commercial units and workshops to accommodate small and medium-sized local businesses. It will meet local demand for start-up business units and workshops. A business hub with office space and small food and drink outlets is also proposed. The scheme includes the redevelopment of the former Northfleet Power Station - the site is the western part of Northfleet Embankment East, a brownfield site with a long history of industrial use.
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The scheme forms a vital component of the wider regeneration strategy for the Ebbsfleet area, bringing forward substantial employment space to deliver up to 700 new jobs and support a new garden city of up to 15,000 homes. More immediately, it will complement a residential scheme proposed to the east for 628 homes, providing new residents with sustainable access to jobs.
Mark Westcott, lead project manager at WYG, said: “We are very proud to be delivering this hugely important scheme. This work involved several challenges which we successfully overcame through a co-ordinated and multi-disciplinary approach. We have been mindful throughout of the wider strategy for the area, maintaining the Red Lion Wharf aggregate operations to the north as well as the neighbouring proposed scheme, demonstrating a respect for residential amenity through design.”