By far the most prominent planning application in recent years has been the approval of the demolition of the Royal Victoria Hall and the proposal to build a Community Hub (16/06081 HYBRID). The application included a theatre/hall, library, cafe, medical centre and council offices. The application also outlined a new sports pavilion and up to 69 new dwellings along with car parking. A town square is included which will allow for farmers markets etc. The planning application was approved by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Planning Committee on 9th November 2016, by 11 votes for and 0 votes against, with one abstention.
Concerns have been raised about the future of the Weavers, but the building which is empty, but under offer of tenancy, is a Grade ll listed building. This means that the owners have a responsibility to maintain the fabric of the building and its future is secure. Our understanding is that it will remain a pub.
Pinewood Court, Pinewood Gardens
Mc Carthy & Stone, the provider of retirement homes have acquired an option to purchase Pinewood Court. They have been in preliminary consultation with neighbours and interested parties to outline their proposed development. It will be for independent living and consist of 42 flats, 11 one bedroom and 31 two bedroom. It is an L shaped building that fronts London Road and Pinewood Gardens and consists of two halves, the front half being 3 storeys high tapering down to 2.5 storeys at either end, whereas the back half will consist of 3 storeys entirely. The building will be nearer to the footpaths than the existing buildings. The plans are at a very early stage and have not been finalised or submitted to planning yet.
Artists impression of proposed Pinewood Court development
New layout at Yew Tree road Junction
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