Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) are developing their Local Plan for the period to 2033. It is expected that they need to provide for an additional 13k homes in the borough during this period. TWBC have undertaken a “Call for Sites” exercise where landowners notify TWBC of their land available to be developed. An interactive map of the sites can be seen here.
The Call for Sites was followed by an Issues and Options document setting out the Borough Council’s initial thoughts about what a new Local Plan should contain and the issues it should address. It also sets out a number of possible options for where and how the future growth of the borough might be located. A copy of the responses to this public consultation can be found here.
The timetable has been delayed due to the need for further evidence work and to allow for work to be undertaken with the steering groups preparing Neighbourhood Development Plans.
The timetable for public consultations is now:
- To undertake consultation on a Draft Preferred Local Plan (Regulation 18) from March – April 2019
- To undertake consultation on a Pre-Submission Local Plan (Regulation 19) from September 2019 – October 2019
- To submit the plan in December 2019.
The Parish Council will closely monitor matters and ensure that the interests of Pembury’s current and future residents remain paramount. We will know which sites in Pembury, if any, are being taken forward to the next stage in March 2019.
Updates will be posted here when they become available.