Muse were named preferred bidder last October and will now move forward on working up detailed plans for a mixed-use development which incorporates a six-screen cinema at the heart of a new social neighbourhood with bars, restaurants and family-friendly hospitality.
The scheme, designed by architect TP Bennett, will also see the creation of a new public square, a 109-bed hotel, a multi-storey car park and up to 140 homes.
Talks are also underway for a new health facility providing space for GPs, family healthcare, social care providers and mental-health services.
Cllr Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Borough Council, said: “The Westgate Scheme is so important to us – a new leisure quarter with a cinema and a range of facilities that will further strengthen the town’s offer.
“Muse Developments has a track record of delivering projects that harness arts, hospitality and leisure as major regenerative forces. We are very excited to be working with creative, energetic and successful partners to deliver great things for the people of Dartford.”
John Robinson, development director at Muse, said the firm was hoping to submit a planning application towards the end of this year for a start on site in late 2019.
Key facts: £75M scheme
- 109 bed hotel (above)
- 6 screen cinema
- 5 bars and restaurants
- Up to 140 new homes
- A new public square.
- A multi-storey car park with 167 spaces
- 37,250 square feet for restaurant and bar space
- Potential healthcare provision
TP Bennett Architecture/Masterplan
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