Kings Hill viewed as example for government project
Michael Cassidy CBE, who has been appointed by the government to deliver the proposed Ebbsfleet Garden City, has visited Kings Hill in order to see Kent’s premier example of placemaking.
As Chairman-Designate of the Ebbsfleet Garden City Urban Development Corporation, Michael Cassidy has £200m government backing to create the country’s first garden city for almost 100 years.
Kings Hill is being developed by Liberty Property Trust and Kent County Council as an 800 acre contemporary ‘garden village’ providing housing, a business park, schools, retail, sports and leisure amenities, to create a true community.
“Kings Hill has been independently lauded as the UK’s exemplar mixed use community and I wanted to see for myself how this ambitious project has been delivered,” he said.
“The key to any successful development is meticulous masterplanning and I was very impressed to see how Liberty and KCC have put this into practice to create a vibrant, aspirational community where people can have a balanced live/work/play lifestyle.
“The quality and diversity of this ‘garden village’ has many of the elements that we would like to see for Ebbsfleet Garden City. Indeed, one of my ambitions is to build an incentive into the planning process which encourages the delivery of such quality.
“Liberty and KCC regularly look at the masterplan to ensure that they are delivering what is appropriate at that time and, if necessary, adapt the plan to reflect market forces and the changing way people live and work. This attention to detail ensures that they are providing what people want.”
Andrew Blevins, Liberty’s managing director, said. “Kings Hill was named Britain’s best new village in a placemaking report by international real estate consultants CBRE and we have continued to build on that. It was also named recently by the Daily Telegraph as one of the best places to bring up a family, of which we are very proud.”
“At Kings Hill we aim to provide a quality environment that enhances people’s lives and where our community have all they need for the every-day conveniences of life on the doorstep, so achieving sustainability” he said.
“We were delighted to welcome Michael Cassidy and show him what we have done here and our commitment to executing our development plans in the best way possible.”