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Lowfield Street development closes Dartford town centre car park, losing dozens of spaces

PUBLISHED: 09:52 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:36 24 August 2017

A CGI view of Meyer Homes' Lowfield Street development next too Dartford Library and Central Park

A CGI view of Meyer Homes' Lowfield Street development next too Dartford Library and Central Park

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The car park next to Central Park will close next week

The long-awaited development of Lowfield Street will close dozens of car parking spaces in Dartford’s town centre next week.

Market Street’s central car park, next to the town’s park and library will be closed permanently from 6.30pm on Tuesday, August 29.

In March, Meyer Homes was given the go-ahead to redevelop the street which has been left vacant since planning approval was given to build a Tesco in 2011.

After a three year wait, the supermarket giant announced it was not going to build on the street, by which time residents had seen former shops and homes stand empty and the road become lined with hoardings.

In 2015, Tesco sold the land off to the housing developers, which is expected to build just 548 homes.

Demolition work is expected to get underway this year, with artist’s impressions of the development revealing the town centre car park, which currently offers dozens of spaces, will be replaced with apartments.

A spokesperson from the council said: “The lease on the car park has been terminated by the company which is redeveloping Lowfield Street, so that they can begin work on the scheme.

“The council provides a number of other car parks around the town centre and details of these can be found on the council web site.”

A spokesperson from the housing developer said: “Meyer Homes are very excited about bringing forward this much anticipated and needed regeneration.

“The redevelopment of this mostly derelict site will start in early 2018 and will bring with it economic regeneration, jobs and much needed homes.

“The council has a number of other car parks around the town centre which can accommodate the requirements of the town.”

Four residential blocks offering 188 homes are expected to be the first homes built for the development, as well as a separate commercial building.

Meyer Homes has previously stated it hopes to complete work on all 548 homes by 2019.

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