Questions and answers
Typically with planning applications of this nature, a number of common questions are asked by local people. With this in mind, we have prepared this short Q&A. Any additional questions can be submitted to us by email, post or through Facebook, and we will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible.
a) How would the proposals impact on local roads?
The planning application would be subject to a full Transport Assessment which would assess the how the proposals impact on local roads. Where any significant issues are indentified, improvements will be proposed in agreement with Dartford Borough Council and Kent County Council.
b) Will new buildings use modern or more traditional materials?
The planning application will be an outline application. This means that only the form and use of the buildings will be determined. A later reserved matters application will include detailed drawings as well as details of the type of materials used.
c) As the site was formally used to manufacture pharmaceuticals, will it be safe for future residential uses?
Yes. A £4 million cleanup job including site preparation works are currently underway. An Environmental Assessment will be submitted with the planning application which will identify the works that have been completed and will need to be completed to ensure the site is habitable.
d) Will I be able to get a job at the new development?
The site preparation works are being undertaken by local contractor Frank Solutions and where possible Essential Land will try to use local contractors. The developers of the new homes and commercial uses will work with the local job centre to source local employment. It is anticipated that new restaurants, cafes, shops and other commercial uses could create anywhere between 80 to 150 new jobs.
e) How much will it cost to build?
It is anticipated that the scheme would cost in the region of £120 million to build, representing a significant investment in Dartford.
f) When will the first new homes be available?
Subject to planning permission being approved, it is anticipated that the first phase would be completed in 2014.