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Volume 589: debated on Thursday 18 December 2014

At Budget 2014, the Government set out plans for a new urban development corporation to deliver a garden city settlement of up to 15,000 homes at Ebbsfleet in Kent. This is being taken forward in consultation with local MPs, councils and residents.

Urban development corporations are established by means of a statutory instrument under section 135 of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980. Our aim is to establish the Ebbsfleet urban development corporation in the first half of 2015.

Parliamentary approval for additional resources for this new service of £358,000 will be sought in a supplementary estimate for the Department for Communities and Local Government. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £358,000 will be met by a repayable cash advance from the Contingencies Fund.