Thames Gateway Kent
Thames Gateway Kent covers broadly the area east of the M25, bounded to the north by the Thames River and Estuary and to the south by the A2 and the North Downs. The main concentrations of population are in Medway and in the towns of Dartford, Gravesham, and Sittingbourne.
The area has many outstanding assets – its heritage, countryside, town centres, riverside and people with a strong identity and pride in their communities. It also has tremendous potential – an excellent location on strategic transport routes, near major UK and European markets, close proximity to London, significant quantities of brownfield land ready for redevelopment and a rapidly developing infrastructure.
Each of the areas in Thames Gateway Kent is developing a distinctive role.
Dartford and Gravesham
Dartford and Gravesend town centres have their own distinct identities and new investment is helping the continuing process of reinvention and revitalisation - for instance around the new station in Dartford and the Heritage Quarter in Gravesend.
Between these two centres, Ebbsfleet is our top priority for economic and housing growth, focused around the international railway station, providing high speed connection to central London and European capitals. Adjoining Ebbsfleet Valley, and benefitting from the proximity of the international station, Swanscombe Peninsula has been identified as the potential location for a world-class leisure resort.
In March 2014, the Government identified Ebbsfleet as the first in a new generation of Garden Cities, supported by additional investment in infrastructure and a dedicated development corporation to coordinate delivery. As the details are firmed up we will include further information on a dedicated page of this site.
With its superb riverside developments, historical sites and university campus, Medway is rapidly developing as a new city of learning, creative and cultural industries, tourism and enterprise. As part of the 'Medway-Swale Arc', Medway is also a major centre for advanced manufacturing and low carbon technologies, as well as home to major port and logistics facilities at Thamesport on the Isle of Grain.
Logistics and science-based industries are emerging as key drivers of growth. The Sheppey Crossing, opened in 2006, is helping unlock the development opportunities at Queenborough and Rushenden on the Isle of Sheppey and the potential of Sheerness Port as a major manufacturing hub for the offshore wind industry, part of the Kent CORE (Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering).
Kent Science Park, near Sittingbourne, is one of several centres for innovation and growth in knowledge-based industries that form part of a growing 'Innovation Corridor' - see Business Parks & Innovation Centres.
Significant central and local government investment has been made over the last 10 to 15 years in a range of initiatives, including brownfield remediation, land assembly, new transport infrastructure, environmental and cultural enhancements, town centre regeneration, and better education and skills facilities (see Education & Science). Each of these is playing a key part in transforming the opportunities and offer to businesses, investors and residents in North Kent.