Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) are developing their Local Plan up to 2036.  The Government expects them to provide an extra 13k homes in the borough during this period.

What is a Local Plan?

It sets out the strategic priorities for development of an area. It includes planning for future housing, commercial development, transport infrastructure and protection for the local environment. It is a series of documents that set clear guidelines on what development is permitted in an area.

What has already
been done?

TWBC have undertaken a “Call for Sites”. Landowners notify TWBC of their land available for development.  Then TWBC produced an Issues and Options document. This set out their initial thoughts about what the plan would contain and the issues it should address. It also sets out some options for where and how the future growth of the borough will be located.  We have recently completed the Regulation 18 phase of the draft Local Plan. 

The Draft Local Plan was released into the public domain for public consultation by TWBC.  The full draft plan for the borough can be found here under item 7. 

Pembury has been allocated 294 – 304 houses in the Plan. 1300 houses were suggested originally. We have our Borough and County Councillors to thank for this massive reduction in house numbers. The housing allocation in Pembury is planned on 5 separate plots. This includes the development at Sturgeons which already has permission.  Some of the Tesco site has been allocated for a motor village in light of the Planning Application for the Hendy motor village proposed.

Our Response

Pembury Parish Council did a survey of Pembury residents’ views. These views helped us prepare our own response.  Check out our response to the Draft Local Plan.

Map of Pembury

The map shows the proposed areas for residential development in purple, along the A21 corridor.  An area of mixed employment is proposed next to Downingbury Farm on the Maidstone Road, shown in blue.


In June 2020, TWBC confirmed it has revised its timetable for its Local Plan. This follows a substantial response to the public consultation on a Draft Local Plan last autumn, with over 8,000 individual duly made comments.  The revised programme provides the necessary additional time to properly consider the contributions that a wide range of organisations and local people have taken the time and trouble to make before moving forward.

Therefore, TWBC has published an updated timetable for the next consultation stage of the Local Plan, which is now due to take place next March/April. Full details are contained in the Council’s ‘Local Development Scheme, June 2020’, which is published online at www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/LDS.

The opportunity to make representations on the revised, final draft (‘Pre-Submission’) version of the Local Plan will be widely publicised in due course, while everyone who made comments at the Draft stage will be directly notified.

Next steps

TWBC is reviewing all the 8,000+ responses they received.  All comments on the Draft Local Plan are now in the public domain and have been uploaded onto their website and are available to view.  They will then review their Draft Local Plan and consult the public again.  The Parish Council will advertise this in the Pembury Village News, Social media and posters around the villageThis will be the last opportunity to have your say before it goes to the Planning Inspector for a decision.

Elsewhere in the Borough

Over 4,000 new homes are planned around Paddock Wood and a new “Garden Village” of 2,600 homes planned at Tudely.  Details of the proposal are included in the draft local plan.  In summary, the total dwellings proposed for each parish is as follows::

  • Tunbridge Wells – 1,222 to 1,320 new dwellings
  • Paddock Wood – 4,000 new dwellings around the town but many located in Capel parish
  • Capel – 2,500 to 2,800 new dwellings in the Tudely Garden Village
  • Benenden – 119 to 129 new dwellings
  • Bidborough – 0 new dwellings
  • Brenchley – 0 new dwellings
  • Cranbrook – 718-803 new dwellings
  • Frittenden – 25-30 new dwellings
  • Goudhurst – 21-26 new dwellings
  • Hawkhurst – 643-693 new dwellings
  • Horsmonden – 225-305 new dwellings
  • Lamberhurst – 50-60 new dwellings
  • Matfield – 91-150 new dwellings
  • Pembury – 294-304 new dwellings
  • Rusthall – 15 new dwellings
  • Sandhurst – 20-27 new dwellings
  • Sissinghurst – 100-115 new dwellings
  • Speldhurst – 15-20 new dwellings

These housing numbers are subject to change.

Updates will be posted here when they become available.