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Keepmoat gets go-ahead for £175m Northfleet development

Keepmoat has been given the go-ahead for a 600-home scheme on the banks of the Thames Northfleet as part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City development.

The housebuilder is to redevelop a former industrial site in a £175m scheme which will provide 600 new homes for sale, rent, and shared ownership.

Keepmoat will acquire the land from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and will work in partnership with the organisation on the project.

The partners aim to deliver 100 homes a year at the site, while Keepmoat will also build retail developments at the site including local shops and cafes.

Roland Grant, regional managing director of Keepmoat Homes South said: “The Northfleet site is a landmark development for Keepmoat Homes and represents the largest and most significant award in the area, since we expanded the business in to London and the South East in 2014.

“This is an important milestone in ensuring this scheme becomes a reality, and the acquisition and development of Northfleet will meet the clear demand in the region. It is another positive step for Keepmoat Homes’ ambitious growth plans in the Thames Gateway.”

HCA general manager Paul Kitson said: “This autumn, the HCA will relaunch as Homes England with the ambition of creating a better housing market. We’re determined to get more homes built now and increase the rate of future development.

“This development is a fantastic example of how we can work in partnership to help accelerate delivery and build the homes and communities that people need.”

Keepmoat’s project is among the largest schemes to be approved at Ebbsfleet Garden City to date.

In August, planners gave the green light to three housing schemes, including plans by Countryside for 126 homes at Springhead Park.

The plans form the latest phase of the Springhead Park scheme, which will eventually see 800 homes and a new primary school in the park. Around 300 homes have already been completed.

Plans for Clarion housing group to build 37 homes and 31 apartments at Castle Hill, which will be available for shared ownership, were also approved, while planners also gave the green light to Newcrest to build 56 homes, retail units and a local neighbourhood centre, also in Castle Hill.

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