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Overview of the new Local Plan


The new Local Plan for Tunbridge Wells borough will provide the basis for determining the suitability of development proposals across the borough to 2037.

Much has changed since 2010, when the current strategic plan (the Core Strategy) was adopted, in particular the increased levels of housing and economic development need.

The role of the Local Plan is to set out the spatial vision and strategic objectives for the borough, as well as the development strategy needed to meet those objectives. It details overarching place shaping policies for each parish and settlement within the borough, as well as specific site allocations to deliver the strategy, and detailed development management policies to be applied to all new developments across the borough.

It aims to strike a balance between:

  • growth to meet current and future housing needs
  • safeguarding the borough’s important natural and historic environments

Consultation took place on Issues and Options for the new Local Plan in 2017 and on a Draft Local Plan in autumn 2019. Response reports setting out all duly-made comments have been published and will inform the Local Plan going forward.

The process and overall timetable for the Local Plan, as well as for other planning documents, is contained in the Council’s latest Local Development Scheme (June 2020).

When finally adopted, the new Local Plan will replace the existing 2006 Local Plan, the Core Strategy (2010) and the Site Allocations Local Plan (2016).


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