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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