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Wallinger's lands planning for huge white horse

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Artist Mark Wallinger has bagged planning for his enormous white horse statue, which stands 33 times larger than life size at Ebbsfleet, Kent

The proposed structure, which is already known as the Angel of the South, will dominate the north Kent landscape and will be seen by passing motorists on the busy A2.

The piece of art, which is designed by the former Turner Prize winner, features a horse standing on all four hooves.

It was named as the winning design last January following a competition launched by the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project’s founding patrons, Eurostar, Land Securities and London & Continental Railways.

The consortium plans to regenerate the area around Ebbsfleet International railway station with up to 10,000 new homes and community facilities across a 161ha site, and hope the art piece will act as a symbol for the project.

Project director Mark Davy said the redevelopment will also create around 20,000 new jobs.

He said: ‘Mark Wallinger’s White Horse will act as an important catalyst for the cultural identity of the area.

‘Ebbsfleet Valley will be a major new mixed-use development, which is set to become a hub for an emerging new economy in the south east.’

Approval by the planning committee now means that further detailed design, costing and technical studies can take place.

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