Tesco have just received planning approval for a new supermarket at Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent which could provide 400 new jobs.
The £80m project includes the new supermarket along with other retail units, restaurants and over 200 flats, and a 771 parking spaces. This is the third proposal to redevelop the area in the past decade, which now includes a number of boarded-up properties.
A previous scheme proposed by Tesco in 2005 was dismissed at a public inquiry, and this recently approved proposal for a scaled down supermarket has been put together following public consultation.
Local small-business-owners have raised concerns that the development will result in the small high street grocers and butchers will suffer. But appreciate that the redevelopment scheme will remove the existing derelict buildings and generally improve the area.