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Dartford regeneration programme officially confirmed

PUBLISHED: 12:30 26 March 2018

Computer-generated image showing how the town is expected to look following developments. Picture: Muse Developments

Computer-generated image showing how the town is expected to look following developments. Picture: Muse Developments

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Dartford town centre’s £75million regeneration programme, which will see the creation of a 109-bed hotel and up to 140 new homes, has been officially agreed.

The council and Homes England have confirmed plans with Muse Developments, who will take on the project in the town’s Westgate area.

Developments will also include a sixscreen cinema, new bars and restaurants and a multi-storey car park.

Discussions are also underway with the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to collaborate on the potential creation of a new health facility, which will provide space for GPs, family healthcare, social care providers and mental-health services.

Cllr 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.”

Cllr Kite also stated that a welcoming ‘coffee shop culture’ is changing the face of the high street, with summer festivals and fairs “booming.”

He added: “There is a new energy to Dartford that’s being driven by local demand, and a new community has united with a decent and loyal existing community to change the face of the town.”

Designed by architect and urban designer TP Bennett, the scheme envisages a vibrant public realm with 37,250 square feet designated for restaurant and bar space.

The new homes will provide a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments above the retail uses, and will be spread among four new buildings.

Paul Kitson, general manager for the South East for Homes England, said: “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.”

John Robinson, development director at Muse, added: “We are delighted to have reached this key milestone.”

Muse Developments is looking to submit a planning application later this year, and to start on site in late 2019.

Before then, they will be holding public consultation events with the council.

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