Campaigning to curb supermarket power

Dartford, Kent

Since 2004 there has been widespread opposition to large-scale development plans submitted by a developer and backed by the Council for Dartford town centre, for a 100,000 sq ft Tesco Extra hypermarket, other retail units, and a new access road through central park.

In February 2013 Dartford Borough Council criticised Tesco for not starting construction.

Tesco’s chequered history with Lowfield Street includes three previous applications. After 11 years in July 2013 Tesco submitted a new application for the town centre development. One in 2003 was thrown out by the Secretary of State, another in 2008 wasn’t considered viable and the 2011 application was approved in 2012 by Dartford council – but Tesco changed its mind.

United Kingdom
51° 26' 49.776" N, 0° 13' 25.8456" E
Kent GB

Campaign Updates
Dartford, Kent

15 October 2015
Tesco sells Lowfield Street site in Dartford
8 January 2015
Tesco abandons plans
19 December 2014
Plans now in question
5 September 2013
Tesco plans approved
18 July 2013
Tesco submits planning application for town centre development

The new plans include nearly 8,000 sq m of retail floor space and 107 homes.

7 November 2011
Plans approved
6 June 2011
Tesco resubmits plans


1 December 2010
Tesco submits revised plans

For a new Tesco supermarket and other retail outlets and 176 new homes.