Tesco’s regeneration firm Spenhill has been granted planning consent to develop a mixed use scheme on a 2.9 hectare site in the centre of Dartford.
The retail-led development designed by ColladoCollins will be anchored around a 9,290 square metres Tesco superstore and cafe. A further 4,181 square metres of commercial space, spread across 10 units, will be built to attract additional retailers and restaurants to the town. The residential element of the scheme will deliver 231 one and two bedroom apartments.
Dartford Borough Council gave its support for the scheme with unanimous approval, subject to S106 agreement and no other conditions, late last Thursday.
“We have a successful track record of completing bespoke mixed-use, complex town centre schemes within major retail areas and towns,” said Tesco corporate affairs manager Jonathan Simpson.
“We have worked in partnership with Dartford Borough Council and the local community to jointly develop the vision for Dartford’s regeneration. This decision paves the way for the vision to become a reality and bring life back to Lowfield Street and Dartford town centre. “
The proposals are focused heavily on pedestrians to ensure the new destination connects with the existing retail element and compliments it, whilst sustainability has been a priority throughout the design process. The scheme includes a combined heat and power (CHP) energy centre and the Tesco store has been designed to benefit from natural light to reduce the artificial lighting requirement.