UK property development firm Muse has entered a £75m agreement with Dartford Borough Council and Homes England to regenerate the former’s Westgate area.
As part of the deal, Muse is responsible for the mixed-use development of the area, which is jointly owned by Dartford Borough Council and Homes England.
The agreement will see the parties move forward on creating detailed plans for the project.
Under the proposed scheme, Muse will develop a six-screen theatre, a 109-bed hotel, five bars and restaurants, 140 new homes, a new public square, a multi-storey car park and a 37,250ft² space for restaurants and bars.
The 140 new homes include one, two and three-bedroom apartments, which will be spread among four buildings.
Discussions are currently being carried out with the local Clinical Commissioning Group to establish a new health facility.
If approved, the new facility will offer space for family healthcare, GPs, social care providers and mental-health services.
Dartford Borough Council leader Jeremy Kite said: “Dartford is one of the fastest growing towns in England.
“The town’s strategic position on the edge of London and the heart of the South East has been energised in the last decade by huge investment in national infrastructure, growth funding and massive capital commitments from private developers.”
UK architect and urban designer tp bennett will design the 37,250ft² space designated for restaurants and bars.
Homes England South East general manager Paul Kitson said: “At Homes England, we’re using our land, finance and expertise to speed up the delivery of new homes.
“As joint landowners, we are pleased to be playing our role in making sure this land in Dartford town centre is used to bring a mix of healthcare, retail and leisure development and associated employment opportunities to the area alongside new homes.”