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Consultation on the Council’s response following the examination of the new Local Plan

Following the Local Plan examination hearings that took place in 2022 the Inspector wrote to the Council setting out his initial findings.

Date published: 17 Jan 2024

Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre Plan ‘Call for Sites’

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is carrying out a ‘Call for Sites’ (6 June to 18 August 2023) to identify available and suitable development sites to deliver the strategy and vision for Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre over the next 15 years until 2040.

Date published: 07 Jul 2023

New advisory planning brief for Providence Chapel, Cranbrook

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has produced a new advisory planning brief with the aim of helping to secure a long-term sustainable use for the refurbishment of this redundant grade II* listed chapel.

Date published: 11 May 2023

Cinema site planning application approved

Planning permission for the redevelopment of the former cinema site in Royal Tunbridge Wells was agreed by the Planning Committee at a meeting on Wednesday 16 November 2022.

Date published: 17 Nov 2022

Local Plan examination – update

The council has received the Planning Inspector’s initial findings following the examination of the proposed new Local Plan at hearing sessions that took place earlier this year.

Date published: 16 Nov 2022

Planning Committee approves development on important employment site

A new industrial estate for Tunbridge Wells on land at Lucks Lane, north of Paddock Wood, has been given the go ahead.

Date published: 25 Oct 2022

The future of Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre

We want to hear from you with your views about the future of Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre.

Date published: 30 Sep 2022

A role for young people in shaping the future of Royal Tunbridge Wells

There’s an exciting opportunity for two young people (aged between 16 and 22) to take part in shaping the future of Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre.

Date published: 21 Apr 2022

Local Plan moves to next stage of examination process

The examination of the Council’s proposed new Local Plan by an independent planning Inspector which began last month has been given the go ahead to move on to Stage 2 of the process.

Date published: 07 Apr 2022

Neighbourhood Plans agreed by residents in Benenden and Goudhurst

Neighbourhood Plans for Benenden and Goudhurst have been voted on.

Date published: 07 Feb 2022

Statement from Cllr McDermott on former ABC Cinema Site

The Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation has issued a statement in relation to recent news regarding the former ABC Cinema site.

Date published: 11 Jan 2022

Planning Validation Updates

Twice weekly update on Planning Validation status.

Date published: 14 Jun 2022

The cinema site in Royal Tunbridge Wells

It has been announced that the former ABC cinema site in Royal Tunbridge Wells has a new owner, Retirement Villages Group.

Date published: 23 Dec 2021

Future use of business premises is now protected

Article 4 Directions confirmed

Date published: 16 Dec 2021

Local Plan sent to Secretary of State

Since 2016 the Council’s Planning Policy team has been focussed on the preparation of a new Local Plan.

Date published: 09 Nov 2021

High Court Injunction - Frittenden

Quick work to instigate legal proceedings and a subsequent High Court hearing means an address in the Frittenden area cannot be used as a site for caravans or mobile homes.

Date published: 23 Sep 2021

Referendum result on Lamberhurst Neighbourhood Plan

Residents in Lamberhurst have agreed a Neighbourhood Plan which gives their community power to shape development and growth in their local area.

Date published: 21 Sep 2021

Protecting office and business space

The Council is leading the way in protecting office and business space in the borough from being converted to residential use.

Date published: 25 Aug 2021

New accommodation and teaching block at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital

The Council’s Planning Committee has unanimously approved a planning application for accommodation and teaching space for medical students at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

Date published: 26 Jul 2021

New business park receives final approval

A new business park on land east of Kingstanding Way, Tunbridge Wells has been given the go ahead by the Council.

Date published: 26 Jul 2021