First pub and new school on the way

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The re­de­vel­op­ment of the Kingsmead area of Can­ter­bury should hap­pen as soon as pos­si­ble, says a prom­i­nent city coun­cil­lor.

Labour group leader Alan Bal­dock was at a re­cent meet­ing of the city coun­cil’s pol­icy and re­sources com­mit­tee, which ap­proved amended plans for the re­de­vel­op­ment of the 23-acre site.

He said: “It would be good to get this go­ing as soon as pos­si­ble – the sooner the bet­ter.

“This isn’t the best look­ing part of Can­ter­bury and this is a much needed overhaul of the area.”

Kingsmead rep­re­sents the last large ur­ban re­de­vel­op­ment area in Can­ter­bury. Work has started on the first pub at Ebb­s­fleet Gar­den City. Marston’s brew­ery is aim­ing to have it open for busi­ness in Oc­to­ber, with 220 seats and a 104-bed­room ho­tel.

The pub is be­ing built at Ebb­s­fleet Green, just off the A2 near Gravesend, where 70 of de­vel­oper Redrow’s 180 first-phase homes have al­ready been sold and more than a dozen have been oc­cu­pied.

In to­tal, more than 600 homes have been started across the gar­den city in the past year, with Per­sim­mon and Bar­ratt Homes build­ing 170 and 112 homes re­spec­tively at Eastern Quarry.

Clar­ion Hous­ing is putting up 125 af­ford­able homes on the site, with 25 of them al­ready re­served. Eastern Quarry will also fea­ture the gar­den city’s first pri­mary school, which will open in the Cas­tle Hill vil­lage in Septem­ber. The 420-pupil school will be run by the Leigh Acad­e­mies Trust un­der the name Cherry Or­chard Pri­mary.

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