Demolition to start in weeks to begin building new giant Tesco in Dartford

Demolition to start in weeks to start building new giant Tesco in Dartford

Demolition to start in weeks to start building new giant Tesco in Dartford

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Demolition will begin in just weeks to start making way for the long awaited Tesco development in Dartford. 

The supermarket giant had a proposal for Lowfield Street approved by Dartford Council last year- Tesco chose to revise its strategy more suited to online and home delivery.

Council leader Jeremy Kite said, "The people of Dartford have every right to be angry with the time the Tesco development has taken to proceed but next week's decision shows we are on the ‘last lap’ before work finally gets underway.

"Demolition is due to start within weeks and this much awaited, and much needed development can then get underway."

On Monday council members will decide to use their planning powers to ensure a small number of landowners affected by a ‘right to light’ can receive proper compensation when the new multi-million pound development is built.

If agreed, it would be the first specific deployment of the Council’s powers since Members agreed in principle last October to use a Compulsory Purchase Order to ensure the development of Lowfield Street finally goes ahead.

Mr Kite added: "Converting a landowner’s ‘right-to-light’ into financial compensation overcomes a crucial legal obstacle and ensures that local landowners are properly compensated."

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3:32pm Wed 18 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

I hate to think the jews weren't conquering the world.

Tesco's destroys, they are like a parasite.
I hate to think the jews weren't conquering the world. Tesco's destroys, they are like a parasite. white rabbit9
  • Score: 3

3:53pm Wed 18 Jun 14

kentmum says...

World Peace - now that is the news everyone is waiting for.
World Peace - now that is the news everyone is waiting for. kentmum
  • Score: 5

4:31pm Wed 18 Jun 14

sperkins says...

Too many lovely shops have sacrificed years of service to the community for Tesco. Dartford is losing all their decent shops. If you want a pound shop come to Dartford we have lots to choose from. Tesco isn't going to make Dartford better it's going to make it look awful.
Too many lovely shops have sacrificed years of service to the community for Tesco. Dartford is losing all their decent shops. If you want a pound shop come to Dartford we have lots to choose from. Tesco isn't going to make Dartford better it's going to make it look awful. sperkins
  • Score: 5

9:42pm Wed 18 Jun 14

chris8210 says...

sperkins wrote:
Too many lovely shops have sacrificed years of service to the community for Tesco. Dartford is losing all their decent shops. If you want a pound shop come to Dartford we have lots to choose from. Tesco isn't going to make Dartford better it's going to make it look awful.
Of course it's going to make it better, it will bring new customers into dartford, where some will want to visit other shops while they are there, such as Argos, the local Banks, primark. Can't see any negative thing about tesco, times have moved on and this is dartford keeping up with the times
[quote][p][bold]sperkins[/bold] wrote: Too many lovely shops have sacrificed years of service to the community for Tesco. Dartford is losing all their decent shops. If you want a pound shop come to Dartford we have lots to choose from. Tesco isn't going to make Dartford better it's going to make it look awful.[/p][/quote]Of course it's going to make it better, it will bring new customers into dartford, where some will want to visit other shops while they are there, such as Argos, the local Banks, primark. Can't see any negative thing about tesco, times have moved on and this is dartford keeping up with the times chris8210
  • Score: -3

8:42am Thu 19 Jun 14

Dartbored says...

Sperkins - how on earth is a multi million pound Tescos, that will replace a derelict row of shops, going to look "awful"?

Dartford High Street would have declined a long time ago even if Lowfield Street had kept its few little independent stores and Tesco hadn't intervened, the issues are far more broad ranging.

Nobody knows for sure what the impact will be for the current high street shops, but personally I can't wait for the building works to begin.
Sperkins - how on earth is a multi million pound Tescos, that will replace a derelict row of shops, going to look "awful"? Dartford High Street would have declined a long time ago even if Lowfield Street had kept its few little independent stores and Tesco hadn't intervened, the issues are far more broad ranging. Nobody knows for sure what the impact will be for the current high street shops, but personally I can't wait for the building works to begin. Dartbored
  • Score: 4

5:01pm Thu 19 Jun 14

JJLondon says...

Dartbored wrote:
Sperkins - how on earth is a multi million pound Tescos, that will replace a derelict row of shops, going to look "awful"?

Dartford High Street would have declined a long time ago even if Lowfield Street had kept its few little independent stores and Tesco hadn't intervened, the issues are far more broad ranging.

Nobody knows for sure what the impact will be for the current high street shops, but personally I can't wait for the building works to begin.
The row is derelict in part becuase tesco bought up all the shops and forced them out.

I used to think tesco et al were a benefit, but having moved around the country a lot and spent time abroad I see how destructive they are. They build cheap ugly buildings. They pay staff minimum wage so taxpayers top them up, and people lose their businesses where they earned decent amounts and claimed less benefits.

Overpiced poor quality food served by people on minimum wage in ugly buildings. That's what the supermarkets have generally given us.
[quote][p][bold]Dartbored[/bold] wrote: Sperkins - how on earth is a multi million pound Tescos, that will replace a derelict row of shops, going to look "awful"? Dartford High Street would have declined a long time ago even if Lowfield Street had kept its few little independent stores and Tesco hadn't intervened, the issues are far more broad ranging. Nobody knows for sure what the impact will be for the current high street shops, but personally I can't wait for the building works to begin.[/p][/quote]The row is derelict in part becuase tesco bought up all the shops and forced them out. I used to think tesco et al were a benefit, but having moved around the country a lot and spent time abroad I see how destructive they are. They build cheap ugly buildings. They pay staff minimum wage so taxpayers top them up, and people lose their businesses where they earned decent amounts and claimed less benefits. Overpiced poor quality food served by people on minimum wage in ugly buildings. That's what the supermarkets have generally given us. JJLondon
  • Score: 2

9:34pm Sat 21 Jun 14

cherithporter says...

What's being demolished in Lowfield Street?
What's being demolished in Lowfield Street? cherithporter
  • Score: 0

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