Gareth Johnson has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement that £310 million has been pledged to deliver Ebbsfleet Garden City – the first new garden city in nearly 100 years.
The money will be used for some of the infrastructure to support the new garden city and is part of a wider £700 million programme to regenerate and build 60,000 homes in the South of England.
During the Autumn statement, George Osborne also pledged up to £250 million to build a lorry park to take pressure off the roads caused by Operation Stack.
Dartford MP, Mr Johnson said: “It has been a very good statement for the county of Kent. This is a very large investment for Ebbsfleet, as well as money being earmarked to help with Operation Stack. The Government originally pledged up to £200 million to get the garden city up and running. This commitment now for £310 million is the first real investment for infrastructure in the area. It will go a long way towards ensuring the necessary infrastructure is in place to support the homes being built. People rightly want to know about infrastructure investment whenever new homes are proposed and this announcement responds to those concerns.
This investment shows the Government’s commitment to the Ebbsfleet Garden City and I look forward to seeing its progress over the coming months and years.”