Next event - Thursday 5 October 2017
Kent Event Centre, Maidstone - 8:30 am to 4:30pm

Panel sessions..



Improving the competitiveness of the market


Rico Wojtulewicz, National Federation of Builders

Catherine Harrington, Community Land Trust




A vision for North Kent


Exciting times lie ahead don’t miss this …..

The local authorities of North Kent: Medway, Dartford, Gravesham and Swale are making excellent progress in delivering real regeneration to the area and meeting some of the most challenging housing and employment targets in the whole of the country. 

2017 marks an exciting, challenging and important moment in the regeneration of the Thames Gateway in North Kent. 

  • The Government’s ‘Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission’ report by the end of the year, will be making recommendations for future projects, structures and funding for the area
  • Plans for the Lower Thames Crossing are starting to provide new economic opportunities
  • Ebbsfleet Garden City is becoming a very visible success story
  • The ambitious proposals for the London Resort theme park on the Swanscombe Peninsula continue to be developed


Find out more about the overall vision for North Kent as well as current developments and future opportunities from some of the key people involved 

Cllr Jane Chitty, Cabinet Member for Planning, Economic Growth and Regulation from Medway Council

Julia Gregory, Director of Projects and Programmes, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Matthew Norwell, Chief Executive of the Thames Gateway Kent Partnership






Otterpool Park - A garden town for the future

Dr Susan Priest | Corporate Director Strategic Development, Shepway District Council

Rebecca Kearney | Associate Technical Director – Development Planning, Arcadis

Julia Wallace | Otterpool Park Masterplanning and Viability Project Manager, Shepway District Council


This new Garden Town will deliver up to 12,000 much needed new homes, employment, schools and other facilities in a rich landscape setting adjacent to the Channel Tunnel and within an hour travel time by train to London. 

Shepway District Council and Cozumel Estates are bringing forward exciting proposals for transformational growth at Otterpool Park next to junction 11 of the M20 between Ashford and Folkestone in Kent.


What you will learn

  • How Otterpool Park is responding to garden city principles for 21st  century living and working
  • The role local authorities can plan in planning and delivering long term growth
  • Lessons from elsewhere in creating a new town.


About the panel speakers

Susan has been the Corporate Director of Strategic Development at Shepway District Council since 2013.  She joined the local authority with extensive experienced in leading a wide range of economic development and growth activities in the public and private sectors.. 

Rebecca is a Chartered Planning and Development Surveyor (MRICS) with a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Westminster. Rebecca is a member of Arcadis’ UK Housing Strategy Board.

Julia is a master planner and urban designer, who forms part of the team at the Council promoting the new garden town.








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