Dartford Council is planning to redevelop Market Street as part of the regeneration of the town centre, following feedback from the public.

The council bid for a government grant to help make the area more pedestrian-friendly as plans have been put in place to reduce traffic in the area, making it more accessible for shoppers and other visitors.

'Pocket parks' are also being introduced to the area as the council is focusing on providing more greenery to the town centre and creating a "wonderful transition" between the high street and Central Park.

Works on the new space, which has been aptly named Brewery Square due to the area's history of brewing, are due to commence next summer.

Brewery Square is part of an ongoing regeneration project of Dartford town which, in some cases, has been years in the making.

Last month, work finally began on the Lowfield Street development which was granted planning permission back in March 2017.

This will see the arrival of 188 new homes in the street.

Originally, Tesco had planned on opening a new store but after 12 years of stalling, pulled out in 2014.

In August, Dartford Council leader Jeremy Kite told News Shopper he was confident about the upcoming development following a meeting with Bellway Homes, which is undertaking the Lowfield Road development project.

"They gave me a very honest assessment of what they were doing and said they wanted to get on really quickly," Cllr Kite told News Shopper.

As people feared a repeat of the Tesco scenario for the site, Cllr Kite said he was confident Dartford residents would not be let down again – although he accepted why people were frustrated.

“Tesco were in all kinds of difficulty and frankly the whole town wasted a lot of time talking to them – but it is not quite as simple as not talking to them,” he said.

The Dartford town project will also see the historical Acacia Hall undergo significant regeneration as planning permission for this was approved by the council back in July.

Work has already begun on this heritage site as extensive demolition works must take place on a number of rooms in the building.

More than 100 parking spaces are also expected to be constructed as a result of these works.