Tesco announce sale of property on Lowfield Street
PUBLISHED: 12:02 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:02 15 October 2015
The proposed site of a Tesco was cancelled earlier this year
A row of empty properties in Dartford have been sold off by Tesco, following the supermarket’s cancelled plans to build on the site.
Plans to build in the Dartford town centre were accepted in 2011, but were shelved earlier this year along with 48 other plans across the country.
Following the sale, the empty properties on Lowfield Street may now have a brighter future.
A statement from the leader of Dartford Borough Council Jeremy Kite said: “Few will be sorry to see an end to Tesco’s involvement with Lowfield Street. The financial and trading difficulties recently encountered by the company do little to comfort our town, which has seen Lowfield Street become a site of dereliction and wasted regenerative opportunity for more than a decade.
“Dartford is far from alone, with councils of all sizes, in all regions and of all political complexions being let down too.
“But it is Dartford that we all care about and today’s news at least provides a fresh start with new owners who have a track-record of creating and maintaining quality property and civic environments.”
Mr Kite had previously called Tesco’s relationship with Dartford “toxic”.
“For years, the Council has been frustrated by its inability to drive forward development at Lowfield Street because it owns little or no land and had few legal powers to force progress.
“It would be disingenuous to say that today’s sale changes all of that. It doesn’t. But what it does do, is see the land at last in the hands of owners who seem motivated and able to make something good happen in a way that Tesco clearly weren’t.”
The council will be meeting with the new owners later this month.