Hundreds of homes and plans for a factory that will churn out 1,000 a year have been approved in Ebbsfleet.

Berkeley Group was given approval by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s planning committee to build a 150,000sqft factory on a ten-acre site in Northfleet.

The house factory will produce finished modules complete with plumbing, electrics, and internal finishing, including flooring and fittings that can be configured to form new homes.

The development will create up to 240 jobs, and will have the capacity to put out 1,000 homes a year through modular construction.

Ian Piper, chief executive of Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, said: “Modular construction is helping to speed up the delivery of new homes in the UK and with Berkeley recognised as one of the country’s leading developers we are pleased it has chosen Ebbsfleet Garden City as the place it wants to produce its modern new homes.”

The factory site will be in Northfleet East.

More than 200 new homes were also approved on Wednesday night in a separate scheme near Ingress Park.

The planning committee also recently approved plans for 600 new homes in Northfleet East by Keepmoat.

The committee gave approval for 220 homes by Swanscombe Development LLP on a site near London Road in Swanscombe known as Croxton and Garry.

More than 800 new homes have now been completed in Ebbsfleet Garden City as well as a new primary school and restaurant and pub.

The number of homes being built in Dartford rose by over a thousand in 2017, making it the most in Kent for new developments.

In figures released by the government it shows that 1,162 new dwellings were added to Dartford's housing stock, compared to Maidstone which was the next closest with 1145.