Where town meets country
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.
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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.