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Farrell brought in on UK's largest planning application

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Terry Farrell & Partners has been appointed to work up a mixed-use scheme around the site of Ebbsfleet International Station - subject of the uk's biggest-ever private planning application. The 790,000m2 scheme was granted outline permission just before Christmas.

The scheme - for Whitecliff Properties, a joint venture between Blue Circle and Lend Lease - centres on the proposed Channel Tunnel Rail Link station in North Kent, for which Farrell has also drawn up a concept scheme. David Lock Associates acted as planning consultant on the whole development, and Lock, planning adviser to the Tory government which was largely responsible for pushing development east along the Thames Gateway, is behind the illustrative masterplan of the massive project. Unusually, it has been granted permission to be implemented over 20 years. The application has been approved by Dartford Borough Council, with Gravesham Borough Council supporting in principle.

Alec Lauder, a planner working on the proposal at Dartford Borough Council, told aj that the scheme involves a maximum of 493,700m2 of employment floorspace, 310,420m2 residential and 163,740m2 core space such as leisure and hotels ranged over four development quarters, two in each borough. These will be known as North Fleet Rise, Station Quarter North, Station Quarter South and Springhead. The station will be the last element looked at in design terms, probably next year.

Whitecliff development director Mark Pennington said Farrell was appointed to work on detailing the next phase of the planning application. 'He's been asked to look at ways of interpreting the masterplan principle into a 3D concept which we can take forward and test subject to environmental considerations - what kind of place it would be.'

Further along the ctrl route at Stratford, London and Continental Railways is again looking to railway lands for regeneration and will announce the winner of a competition to find a development partner for the 48.5ha site in the spring. The company has been working with Newham Borough Council and others on a planning framework to make the best use of the transport connections. It hopes to begin the planning process in 1999.

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