To ensure EGCT remains an open and transparent organisation, it will be managed by a group of trustees, who must abide by the rules set out by the Charity Commission and Companies House. This will ensure all legal and financial obligations are adhered to.

To ensure the EGCT also meets the needs of the local community, the trustees will be monitored and advised by the Guardianship group.

A Garden city is a planned residential community, first devised by English town planner, Ebenezer Howard in 1898. In order to improve the quality of urban life, the concept of providing the best aspects of the countryside (space, fresh air, access to nature) and towns (jobs, transport and infrastructure) began. Garden Cities have a mixed range of housing types and provide strong community engagement. Arts and Culture are also seen as a key element in improving the wellbeing of Garden City residents.

The first Garden City, Letchworth, was realised in 1903 and lies 30 miles north of London in Hertfordshire. In 1920 the second Garden City was established nearby – Welwyn Garden City.

In 2015, the proposal to build 15,000 new homes in Ebbsfleet was announced. Ebbsfleet is an international transport hub sitting between Dartford and Gravesend. Only 17 minutes from Kings Cross and central London, and two hours to Paris and Brussels, it sits within the chalk quarries and industrial heritage of northern Kent and has been sponsored by the Government to become a Garden City. This link shows you the boundaries of the Ebbsfleet Garden City. EGCT Boundary map.

It is expected to be completed in 2035, and will provide around 15,000 homes, 32,000 jobs and a network of 7 city parks and various open green spaces. All associated community spaces, health, leisure, educational facilities and arts and culture, are being designed as part of the development of the Ebbsfleet Garden City.
Implementation documents have been put together to show the design of the Ebbsfleet Garden City. It has been developed together with Developers, Local Authorities, and Local People to create a shared vision for Ebbsfleet. It covers plans for transport, jobs, housing, open spaces, community facilities (health, education, sports & leisure), arts & culture, etc…
Bite-size Implementation Framework
Full Implementation Framework
The Ebbsfleet Garden City consists of the following areas:

  • Eastern Quarry / Whitecliffe – which encompasses the villages of Castle Hill, Ashmere and Alkerden
  • Springhead Park
  • Ebbsfleet Green
  • Ebbsfleet Central
  • Grove Rd (Northfleet Embankment West)
  • Cable Wharf (Northfleet Embankment East)
  • Ebbsfleet Cross – including Croxton Garry and Craylands Lane

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation was created in 2015 to develop and build the Ebbsfleet Garden City which involves developing up to 15,000 new homes, 32,000 jobs, 7 parks, shopping areas, and the associated service utilities (electricity, water etc.), public infrastructure (roads, schools, transport etc.)

EDC are the planning authority (instead of the local planning authorities) processing all planning applications within the Ebbsfleet Garden City area, whether it is a major development, or an individual household. This ensures any development within the Ebbsfleet Garden City will meet the vision that was laid out in the Ebbsfleet Implementation Framework.

Further information, including copies of the full and summary version of the Implementation Framework are available here

Stewardship is the long term management of city parks, community buildings, and other facilities within the Garden City. How will it be managed, and how will it be paid for.

Without a stewardship strategy, each of the new developments would be funded entirely by the estate management fees, and each neighbourhood would be separate from the others.

Garden City principles includes having:

  • Community ownership of land and long term stewardship of assets
  • A cohesive sense of community, community involvement and a consistent approach across Garden City

By creating The Ebbsfleet Garden City Trust to have the responsibility for the stewardship of the Garden City, in perpetuity, this ensures there is:

  • Secure generated income to provide sufficient revenue to meet the costs of managing the Garden City.
  • Maintenance and operation of the assets that are part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City e.g. parks, allotments, community facilities etc
  • Ensuring there is meaningful cohesive engagement with the local communities so local residents, charities, businesses are part of the management of their own communities.

The Ebbsfleet Garden City Trust (EGCT) is the charitable organisation that has the responsibility of managing and maintaining the Garden City, in perpetuity. This ensures local residents and stakeholders (local businesses, community groups, local councillors) are in control of managing the Garden City.

This covers:

  • All green and blue spaces (parks, lakes, rivers etc)
  • All community buildings
  • Curating civic life – ensuring the Garden City meets the requirements of local residents and stakeholders – this is called placemaking
  • Sports and leisure facilities

To do this the EGCT will:

CONNECT – Be an organisation which pulls together all stakeholders to discuss, oversee, initiate and deliver long term Stewardship and Placemaking.

SPACE – Own and/or manage parks, public open spaces and community facilities, including meanwhile uses of buildings and spaces.

EMPOWER – Build community groups, activities, and things to do, including brokering opportunities for individuals through employment, training, business advice, apprenticeships & volunteering.

INFLUENCE – Measure and report outcomes through annual audits to demonstrate progress on social sustainability, enabling the community to influence the Trust to meet needs and fill gaps.

ORGANISATION – Establish governance, staff and financial structures capable of operating and sustaining the Trust in the long term.

Placemaking is about turning a space into a place, so that people enjoy using it. This means that we need to think about the needs and wishes of the people using the space.

This requires community participation. Local residents, arts and cultural groups, schools, local business, local authorities etc… working together to decide how spaces can be used, what events and activities could be provided, what facilities are wanted – to make it a vibrant and inviting place to be.

The Community Board is made up of 11 local residents who applied to be on the Board. They advise the Ebbsfleet Development Corp (EDC) Board on community matters and provide direct local insight, particularly during the building and development phase of Ebbsfleet.

To get further information, Community Board

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) is the planning authority for all of the Ebbsfleet area. They assess all applications from major developments (to ensure the Master Plan for the Garden City is realised) to individual householders with any changes they wish to make to their property. For further information on how this process works, or to see what planning applications have been submitted, EDC Planning

For information about the Planning Committee, including agendas and minutes, Planning Committee

Jobs are one of the key focuses for the development of the Ebbsfleet Garden City, with up to 32,000 jobs being provided in the local area,

There are many opportunities to work in the Garden City through the developers, contractors and suppliers. This link takes you to the EDC page which contains relevant information for available jobs and apprenticeships. Ebbsfleet Garden City Jobs

Commercial centres are being developed to create hubs of activity; a large commercial centre at Ebbsfleet Central, and a number of small local centres, will ensure existing and new communities are well served by jobs and services. Ebbsfleet Central will be a centre of excellence for medical science, education and learning, attracting leading universities, primary health care providers, innovation space, health and other life-sciences .

With the development of 7 major parks, some with recreational facilities, Ebbsfleet will be established as a premier destination for recreation and leisure in Kent, again leading to an increase in employment opportunities in the local area.

The Garden City transport strategy aims to reduce the need to travel by car, contributing to minimising congestion on the local road network, and improving residents health and well-being. Ebbsfleet will build upon its existing road and rail links, to provide a high quality network of streets, public transport systems and walking and cycling links. To achieve this, the following projects have been agreed:

  • An improved interchange at Ebbsfleet Station will provide better connections between the upgraded Fastrack and local bus services, walking and cycling routes.
  • Fastrack’s speed, frequency and reliability will be radically upgraded through the building-out of missing sections of segregated track. The aim is to have 90% of residents living within 5 minutes walk of a Fast Track bus stop. There will also be a dedicated lane to connect Ebbsfleet International directly to Bluewater.
  • The extension of the Thames river ferry services to Ebbsfleet will create an alternative strategic connection to Central London
  • Road junction upgrades – A number of significant improvements to the road network have been identified through the existing planning permissions within the area, including the timely delivery of the A2 Bean and Ebbsfleet junction.
  • There is now an on demand bus service, being run by Arriva, and funded by Redrow and Henley Camland, to aid with transport on a temporary basis, during development.
  • It offers pick up and drop off locations at the choice of the passenger, when it is required – there is not a fixed route or timetable. And prices are very competitive. For further information on how to use this service use this link – ArrivaClick Ebbsfleet

Priority will be given to the early delivery, integrated design and sustainable maintenance of Ebbsfleet’s walking and cycling networks to ensure they provide door to door connectivity. The construction of an 87 meter long bridge at Springhead Park, allows the local residents to walk to Ebbsfleet station in a few minutes, rather than a 20 minute car journey.
This link takes you to a plan showing the existing and planned walking and cycling routes:
Ebbsfleet Walking and Cycling Routes

In order to exploit the best of Ebbsfleet’s natural assets and encourage an active lifestyle, more than 50 new parks and open spaces are planned for Ebbsfleet. Current planning permissions within Ebbsfleet include a wide range of parks and open spaces that will cover over 43% of the city area. Each park will be designed to support the needs of local residents,

There will be a number of different types of green spaces, some with waterways:

  • Major Parks – there will be 7 in the Garden City: Ebbsfleet Central Park, Ebbsfleet River Park, Blue Lake Park, Ebbsfleet Quarry Lakes, Northfleet Riverside Park, Craylands Gorge, Swanscombe Peninsula Park – Here is a link to more detailed information about these parks City Parks
  • Local Parks – Each of the 9 villages within Ebbsfleet will have a local park, which will include places to grow things, as well as places to play.
  • Neighbourhood Parks – provide outdoor space within 5 minutes walk of most homes
  • Pocket Parks – Small green spaces, accessible to the public, within neighbourhoods or streets. They provide communities with greenery, a place to sit and rest, and an ecological foothold for urban wildlife. They are generally less than an acre in size.
  • Meanwhile Parks – Until the long term use of a space is developed, it can be temporarily used to provide a small green space, used by the community.

Civic Community is one of the key objectives for the development of Ebbsfleet. This means optimising the quality of life for local people with facilities that provide community, educational, recreational, cultural and retail uses.

Currently there are 3 main community facilities available, with additional plans awaiting approval or construction.

Castle Hill has a community centre available for various uses, in Ebbsfleet Quarry – Castle HIll Community Centre

In Ebbsfleet Garden City there are schools open, under construction and planned for the future. For up to date information on what is available, use this link – Ebbsfleet Schools

The Ebbsfleet Welcome Pack was developed by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation to provide residents with information about the community they live in. It also includes handy maps of the local area.

This link takes you to a series of videos, which make up the Welcome Pack – Ebbsfleet Welcome Pack
The link also provides another link to a welcome pack that you can print – see accessible versions of the welcome pack.

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation is working closely with the NHS and other local and regional health bodies to ensure that the current and future population has appropriate access to healthcare. This includes the building of a Health and Wellbeing Hub in Ebbsfleet Central. Use this link to see more information on what will be available. Ebbsfleet Health Facilities

Throughout the planning and development of Ebbsfleet there have been, and will continue to be, public consultations, allowing local residents to provide feedback on proposals. This link takes you to the Ebbsfleet Development Corp website, where information about public consultations are posted: Public Consultations

Local residents can contact the Community Board, in order to provide input