Design & Development

Planning application entered for Northfleet Harbourside stadium project

The outline planning application has been submitted for Northfleet Harbourside, a new neighbourhood of the Kent district of Gravesham which will be anchored by a 8,000-capacity stadium for National League South football club Ebbsfleet United.

First announced in July, the submission to Gravesham Borough Council follows a wide-ranging series of briefings with football supporters, local councillors and groups, plus two rounds of consultation events through to September, where the proposals were shared with members of the public.

Northfleet Harbourside, which is jointly proposed by Landmarque Property Group and United, will deliver shops, cafes, medical services, offices, new homes and community venues – with the new multi-purpose stadium as the centrepiece of the masterplan.

The circa 50-acre site is currently occupied by a number of industrial warehouses and United’s Stonebridge Road stadium, which opened in 1905. The new stadium aims to provide best in class public amenities, catering, tiered seating and safe standing areas.

A conferencing, banqueting and events space will be included, as will improved facilities including better cafes, restaurants, bars, disabled access and ingress/egress. It will be capable of hosting major cultural, music and community events, with a two-year construction period envisioned meaning that United would need to find a short-term home whilst work is taking place.

The proposals for the project as a whole are envisioned to bring up to 3,000 new jobs in the retail, leisure and service sectors, including apprenticeships during construction and end use employment opportunities.

A spokesperson for the Northfleet Harbourside team said: “Since we announced the proposals in July, we have been encouraged by the feedback and involvement from residents and Gravesham stakeholders. We would like to thank everyone for the feedback provided to date.

“Northfleet Harbourside is for Gravesham. Our vision is to build a new stadium for EUFC and its supporters, investing in its facilities and securing the long-term future of the club. This will be accompanied by wider community benefits for all creating a place for everyone to be proud of and enjoy.”

Once the submitted application has been validated by Gravesham Borough Council, the borough will then carry out its own consultation on the application. A decision on the application is expected to be made around May next year.