New Social Housing Project Approved for Dartford Town Centre, Bringing Positive Changes to Westgate Road

A new social housing project is set to take the place of a well-known tools shop in the town centre of Dartford.

The project, which has been approved by the council, will see the demolition of the former Lakedale Power Tools unit on Westgate Road. In its place, a four-storey apartment block containing six apartments and a building with three four-bedroom townhouses will be built.

The proposal, submitted by property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners on behalf of the council, was given the green light after being submitted in October last year.

The development will provide much needed affordable housing in the area, with the aim of revitalizing the brownfield land currently occupied by the vacant discount store. The new homes will feature a range of modern amenities, including private gardens, balconies, and terraces.

While the project will provide five off-street parking spaces and ample bike storage, no parking spaces will be allocated to the residents of the one-bedroom apartments as the site’s central location is considered sufficient.

This approval comes after a similar proposal for the site was rejected in 2019 due to concerns over pedestrian access, parking availability, and outdoor space.

The new development will not only provide much needed housing, but it will also revitalize the area and bring new life to the previously vacant unit. Construction is expected to begin soon, bringing positive changes to Westgate Road and the surrounding community.

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