UPDATE: Hundreds of new homes approved for derelict Lowfield Street site
PUBLISHED: 11:52 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:45 17 March 2017
Dartford's development control board met yesterday
Plans to build nearly 550 new homes on the site of a failed supermarket development were given Dartford council’s approval this week.
Developer Meyer Homes claims it could put the town “back on the map” as it looks to create 548 homes, as well as shops and even a micro-brewery along Lowfield Street.
The street has been littered with hoardings and derelict buildings since Tesco first gained approval to build on the site in 2011.
But after years of neglect, the supermarket chain announced it would not be building in the town in 2014, and the property was sold off the following year to real estate investment firm Meyer Bergman.
Following Thursday night’s approval, demolition works along along the street could start by the end of this year, starting the first phase of development works, four residential blocks offering 188 homes as well as a separate commercial building.
Ahead of the meeting of Dartford council’s development control board, neighbours raised concerns that new homes will bring added pressure to the town’s services.
Another respondent added the development “will look like an ugly housing estate and that the flats on the park will be an eyesore”, also claiming the town “does not need more retail areas as there are too many empty units already”.
But Jamie Pearson, director of Meyer Homes, claims the company has taken the town’s needs into account.
He said: “We have worked hard to ensure these proposals meet the needs of the local community by bringing forward a world-class development on a site that has lay in waiting for so many years.
“The plans will put Dartford back on the map as a town which is open for business and a desirable location to both live and work.”
“The redevelopment of the northern end of the site will be delivered and completed within the next few years, meaning local people will finally see a light at the end of the tunnel for the redevelopment of Lowfield Street.”