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"Giant white horse" gets out the starting blocks

Gravesham Borough Council has granted planning permission for a project which would see a giant white horse constructed in Kent.

The unusual piece of art will be designed by former Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger and will consist of a horse standing on all four hooves. It is hoped up to 60 million people will see the 33 times life-size horse constructed overlooking the A2 each year.

The sculpture, funded by London & Continental Railways, Land Securities and Eurostar, will act as a symbol for a regeneration project in the area around Ebbsfleet International railway station.

Project director Mark Davy said the redevelopment will create up to 10,000 new homes and community facilities across a 400-acre site, as well as around 20,000 new jobs.

He said: “Mark Wallinger’s White Horse will act as an important catalyst for the cultural identity of the area.

“Ebbsfleet Valley will be a major new mixed-use development, which is set to become a hub for an emerging new economy in the South East.”

Ebbsfleet Landmark Project director Mark Wallinger

“Ebbsfleet Valley will be a major new mixed-use development, which is set to become a hub for an emerging new economy in the South East.

“Within a generation, more than 1,000 acres of brownfield land is being developed, creating up to 10,000 new homes and approximately 400 acres of open space, lakes and parkland.”

Approval by the planning committee now means that further detailed design, costing and technical studies can take place.

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