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Posted by eduard on April 22, 2019
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Huge plans to redevelop Dartford populating it with homes, bars, restaurants and car parks, has been given the go-ahead. The new £75 million regeneration plans for the town centre have reached a milestone, and significant progress has been made in the plans to develop the Westgate area. They are supported by both the council and Homes England who are joint landowners of the site. The parties will now move forward on working up detailed plans which incorporates a six-screen cinema at the heart of a new social neighborhood with bars, restaurants and family-friendly hospitality. A new public square will be built alongside a 109-bed hotel, a multi-storey car park with 167 spaces and up to 140 new homes.

Councillor Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: “Dartford is one of the fastest growing towns in England.
“The town’s strategic position on the edge of London and the heart of the South East has been energised in the last decade by huge investment in national infrastructure, growth funding and massive capital commitments from private developers. Paul Kitson, general manager for the South East for Homes England, said:” At Homes England we’re using our land, finance and expertise to speed up the delivery of new homes.

“As joint land owners we are pleased to be playing our role in making sure this land in Dartford town centre is used to bring a mix of healthcare, retail and leisure development and associated employment opportunities to the area alongside new homes.”

planning update as of October 09, 2018

Dartford Borough Council are currently working on updating their “Core Strategy” which includes major development locations, the amount and type of housing, Green Belt protection, and the approach to commercial uses. This plan will look forward towards the 2030s which ensure that the local priorities remain relevant and up to date to the national policy. They adopted their “Development Policies Plan” in July 2017. This plan operates alongside the Core Strategy and sets out the main planning policies that will be used to assess planning applications.

What’s ahead? They will continue to monitor how the existing policies are performing and try to accept relevant planning applications to ensure they reach their housing target.

planning update as of August 07, 2018

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