First pub and new school on the way
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.