Where town meets coun­try

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - New Homes -

DART­FORD, in north-east Kent, has a promis­ing fu­ture. Al­ready a ben­e­fi­ciary of the high-speed rail link that con­nects Can­ter­bury with King’s Cross, the area’s in­dus­trial land­scap­ing is chang­ing with imag­i­na­tive re­gen­er­a­tion projects of af­ford­able and at­trac­tive homes for com­muters priced out of the cap­i­tal.

The town is nearer than Houn­slow to Ca­nary Wharf and the City and lies on the old Lon­don to Dover road, in a val­ley where the River Dar­ent flows through.

Along­side the river, where the Phoenix Paper Mill was built in 1852, an at­trac­tive new neigh­bour­hood is be­ing built around a large mill pond.

Bob We­ston, chair­man of de­vel­oper We­ston Homes, says the former fac­tory com­plex, lo­cated next to the train sta­tion, is “a gar­den vil­lage rather than a gar­den city — a place for fam­i­lies, sin­gles and cou­ples”.

A new phase of homes, Lan­g­ley Square, above and left, has been un­veiled. There will be 1,050 homes even­tu­ally, a mix of apart­ments and houses, plus a new high street and chil­dren’s play ar­eas.

Prices from £224,000, with a five per cent de­posit in­cen­tive. Call 01322 290433.

A new river cross­ing, the Thames Gate­way Bridge, is planned for this part of the world, and though the in­dus­trial legacy is vis­i­ble, the area is close to the rolling Kent coun­try­side of oast houses and weath­er­boarded cot­tages in pretty vil­lages.

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