|An aerial view of Ebbsfleet showing the quarry and valley|
developments with Swanscombe to the rear – and London
in the distance at top left. Photograph: Commission Air Ltd
"They’re billed as an idyllic alternative to generic commuter towns. But the first of a new generation of garden cities, in Ebbsfleet, Kent, has run into controversy. Will the end result be bog-standard suburban housing blighting the green belt?