Charity Formulates 150,000 Population Dream City in Kent

By Gary Cutlack on at

Homelessness charity Shelter has created a rival plan for a new city for the south east, one that goes much further than the idea the government wants to help build at Ebbsfleet.

Shelter's dream new town [PDF] would house a staggering 150,000 people were it to be fully magicked into being, turning ground between the Thames and Medway estuaries into a commuter heaven just 45 minutes from London. Housing would be mixed, with everything from houseboats and 1-bed flats to massive detached piles ensuring there's an affordable and aspirational option for everyone.

The plan for the Stoke Harbour site is one of five new city solutions to our housing problem that are shortlisted for the Wolfson Economic Prize, which also includes a plan that floats the idea of expanding an existing city by doubling its size, as outlined in the Uxcester [PDF] schematics. [Independent]