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Chancellor George Osborne visits Ebbsfleet garden city site

By Paul Francis

Chancellor George Osborne has told of his plans to build a garden city for the community of north Kent - in a visit to the area.

He toured the site earmarked for a new garden city in Ebbsfleet.

Mr Osborne’s visit comes just a few weeks after announcing plans for a garden city at Ebbsfleet, where 15,000 homes are to be built.

Chancellor George Osborne at the Ebbsfleet Valley with Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lord Deighton

He announced his vision to spend £200m on building 15,000 new homes in the area of north Kent.

Land Securities already has outline planning permission for 10,000 homes in the Ebbsfleet Valley, as well as 6m sqft of commercial space and 3m sqft of retail, leisure and community facilities.

Asked if the government would support a quota for affordable homes at Ebbsfleet he said: "We are developing the plans with the community for the garden city and we want to see that we make sure there are jobs and homes and great infrastructure.

"We are just developing the plans and do want to make sure we get the right mix of houses and ensure the right infrastructure."

The Chancellor was given a guided tour of the site after a private meeting with MPs, developers and others.

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