Ebbsfleet Development Corporation has received planning permission for a 231,000 sq ft commercial scheme to support the new garden city.
The scheme will include commercial units and workshops to accommodate small and medium-sized local businesses and will see the former Northfleet Power Station redeveloped.
It will deliver employment space for up to 700 new jobs and support the new garden city of up to 15,000 homes. More immediately, it will complement a residential scheme proposed to the east for 628 homes, providing new residents with sustainable access to jobs.
It is set to be the first large employment scheme in the borough of Gravesham for 10 years and only the second in 30 years.
Mark Westcott, lead project manager at WYG, which obtained the planning consent, said: “We are very proud to be delivering this hugely important scheme. This work involved several challenges which we successfully overcame through a co-ordinated and multi-disciplinary approach. We have been mindful throughout of the wider strategy for the area, maintaining the Red Lion Wharf aggregate operations to the north as well as the neighbouring proposed scheme, demonstrating a respect for residential amenity through design.”