Plans to build a logistics centre on the iconic Littlebrook Power Station site in Dartford have been given the go-ahead by the council.

The land, which was acquired last July, will be now be the site of a 450,240 sq ft logistics facility.

Property developer Berecote Properties and investment fund management company Tritax were granted permission for the centre by the council last week.

The existing station in Dartford has been slowly destroyed in a series of controlled explosions over the last few months.

The site has already seen two phases of demolition works take place since last year and the final demolition phase, which includes the main power station, is expected to be completed by 2020.

A statement released by Berecote Properties noted the wider 114-acre site could support the potential development of around 1.7m sq ft of other logistics buildings in future.

Tritax partner Colin Godfrey said he was happy planning permission had been granted and he looks forward to getting works off the ground.

"The development team look forward to continuing to build on the positive working relationship established with Dartford Borough Council to progress discussions to secure planning consent for the development of the balance of this site," he said.

He also added that investments into the project will in time deliver new jobs at the site and also in the surrounding area.

A statement released by Tritax also said the marketing strategies for the project have already attracted a "healthy level of investment" from interested parties.

It also mentioned an important part of the demolition process was to ensure that as much of the demolished material as possible is recycled, with the site boasting a recycling level of over 98 per cent so far.

Separately, the National Grid submitted an application in August which could see a new 400kV substation being constructed near to where the old power station was located.

The new site will comprise of a main hall of 57.8m x 16.6m, and an annex which will sit alongside it, and two smaller-scale buildings just south of the main hall.

It will also hold five 'super grid transformers', which are the same size as the huge transformer that made its way over the Dartford Crossing in the summer.

According to the planning application, building of the site will have a "very low" impact on traffic in the area, considering its location near the Dartford Crossing.

The application also states a new site should be built where the remainder of Littlebrook currently stands because it will "minimise the amount of new infrastructure" needed.