Finding a new formula for Dartford
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced in November 2008 that its manufacturing plant in Dartford would be wound down with production transferred to alternative facilities.
Following the closure, Dartford Borough Council prepared a new vision for this part of Dartford, known as the Northern Gateway Area Action Plan (AAP). The sites now form part of this AAP which is regarded as an opportunity to create a gateway into the town centre offering new homes and jobs that will support and strengthen the town’s functions.
Essential Land decided to participate in the regeneration of Dartford and acquired the Mill Pond and the Northern Gateway East sites in April 2010.
In September 2010 Essential Land won planning consent to undertake extensive remediation works to make the former pharmaceutical plant sites safe and ready for redevelopment. These works have since commenced and are expected to be completed by September 2011.
Essential Land launched a consultation with the local community and key stakeholders on 21 October to get feedback on its initial proposals for the sites. Since then, the scheme has been evolving and Essential Land is pleased to reveal its latest proposals.