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.