The Ebbsfleet garden city will see the development of a new community of up to 45,000 people over the next twenty years. The Diocese is committed to a Christian presence in the new development and is currently working with the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation about how this might be achieved.

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation is master-planning the development, which will include schools and a commercial centre. This development will have a significant impact on the surrounding parishes, and offers opportunities for mission and worship.

The Diocese is engaging with various key stakeholders, drawing on our experience of leadership in society and community. The eventual aim is to develop a permanent church and community building which would be a landmark in the new landscape.

The milestone projects for this work include the development of a heritage trail and the employment of community workers, which will enable the old and new communities to knit together successfully. The team is investigating the potential for an interim community hub space. The strategy team is also working with the Diocesan Board of Education to explore the opportunities for school provision in the area.


Ebbsfleet Project Manager
Alan Matthews BA(Hons)
Email: alan.Matthews@rochester.anglican.org

Dr Ian Sesnan FRSA
Email: ian.sesnan@rochester.anglican.org

Consultant (Chatham and Ebbsfleet)
Rev Bonnie Appleton MA
Email: bonnie.appleton@rochester.anglican.org

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