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02 May 2019 11:50am

Infrastructure, Regeneration and the Thames Estuary

Dartford is at the heart of the longstanding Thames Estuary/Gateway national growth area, and the government have now released their response to the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission’s recommendations. Central government welcome the Commission’s proposals to refocus on the delivery of major infrastructure and regeneration in north Kent, south Essex and east London.

One of the government’s commitments arising from this is for “Improving mobility and infrastructure: Continuing to progress at pace with transport infrastructure investment in the Estuary, including investing around £200 million of Local Growth Fund, £125 million on improvements to the strategic road network at Bean and Ebbsfleet, and multi-billion-pound investments in the Lower Thames Crossing and the Elizabeth Line. We will launch an officer-led, cross government group to realise the wider benefits of the Lower Thames Crossing, as well as supporting local partners in enhancing transport links from Abbey Wood to Ebbsfleet in Kent.”

A boost of £4.85Million is promised for additional local work. This is in support of proposals to extend transport links to Kent from Abbey Wood (where Crossrail 1 services will open shortly). To find out more, see the Crossrail to Ebbsfleet C2E. project.

New social and community infrastructure is also being explored and promoted by the Borough. See our Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) PDF, 1329.67 KB for the long term sustainable development of Dartford.

Useful Development Data

Facts on current and recent developments inform our planning for the future. A range of reports and statistics have been compiled to assist with public understanding of this, and to inform a new Local Plan. For new government measures of housing performance, the new statutory 'AMR' (recording the performance against our plans for Borough development), and fresh information on the Brownfield and 5 years supply of housing, see our monitoring page.

For our new Local Plan, the formal baseline for revising development strategy has been completed: the 2019 Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report. This covers the position on the environmental, social and economic matters the plan may address.

Borough Policies Map- for Current Local Policies Online

Use the interactive version of the Borough's Policies Map. Find policies from the Dartford Core Strategy and Development Policies Local Plans for any location, and other useful area designations. This provides essential context for preparing planning applications.

The Framework for Dartford Town Centre

The Town Centre SPD , adopted in July 2018, applies in full for proposals in the town centre.

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Contact the team

For further information please contact Dartford Planning Policy using our Contact the Local Development Framework Team or phone 01322 343213.