Lowfield Street

In general, when Dartford Council owns or controls a site it has a record of making things happen. The Council has previously completed a major community stadium development at Princes Park, new council housing at Temple Hill and a major refurbishment of Fairfield – all now up and running. When land is in private hands, things get much more complicated. To say that progress on Lowfield Street has been disappointing is an understatement. A cross-party working group at the Council negotiated and dealt with Tesco for more than seven years before the company announced that Dartford was one of more than 100 schemes across the country to be scrapped.

Since then, the site has been acquired by private investors - Meyer homes - who brought forward an application for a comprehensive park-side scheme. The Council worked efficiently to grant permission for 548 apartments, shops, a café and a new Brewery Quarter. The scheme marries modern apartments with loft-style living and, if sales at similar developments in Dartford are anything to go by, will quickly sell. Against the advice of the Council, the investors chose to end the use of the public car park they owned at the northern end of the site close to Barclays Bank. The most recent update is that the landowners have invited bids from major house builders to build-out the development.