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Hendy’s have submitted a planning application for 7 car dealerships on land adjacent to the Tesco site in Pembury.  Access will be shared with Tesco traffic.

The application to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council can be viewed on their website by clicking here Search for planning application number 19/00884/FULL. Or email planning@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

Please let TWBC know your views about the application! The deadline for your comments is 24 May 2019.

The Parish Council have considered the planning application and OBJECT to the proposal on the following grounds:

  • Increased congestion on the A264, A21 and Pembury High Street which already suffer from substantial congestion problems
  • Increased rat running in Cornford Lane and Halls Hole Road
  • Loss of parking at the Tesco site
  • Likely parking overspill into Pembury village
  • The development is more suited to North Farm Industrial Estate

The Parish Council’s full response can be downloaded here.

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Comments (21)

  • Heather Hughes

    I do not support the idea of motor dealerships along the Pembury Road into Tunbridge Wells. The present infrastructure simply does not support such a development. The road is already gridlocked …certainly at peak times…but there are tailbacks throughout the day. Adding the possibility of more traffic onto this road is sheer madness.

    • Stephen Dunkerley

      I object, the current infrastructure and site cannot support this. Traffic current around the Pembury road Tesco’s roundabout is beyond what should be reasonably expected.
      Quite apart from the “need” there are countless car show rooms on North Farm I see little advantage or need to the community to put another one in Pembury, surely we should be lioking at alternatives that bring real
      Prospects in to the village for work and value instead of a business model that eats space and employes very few

  • Alan Hughes

    There is never enough customer parking on a motor dealership. Overspill will just increase the parking problem in Pembury. Put the dealership with the competition on North Farm. Also the effect on traffic to and from Tunbridge Wells , already a headache, will just add to infrastructure problems.

  • Robert

    I cycle to work everyday and it is already bad enough when going through the high street avoiding pot holes, and then all the people who think the cycle lane is a designated parking space that I have to move out to the middle of the road.

    This will mean I have to go on the path or onto the other side of the road just to get to work. I object to this being built there this a village not an industrial estate.

  • Jim Walmsley

    I agree with all of the objections raised above. I am local to Pembury and find it so difficult to just move around this village and Pembury Road in a relaxed, normal manner. We cannot keep building on empty land to highest bidder. Green and open spaces are SO important and we should all object to such a monstrous industrial site be plonked into what are already overrun spaces!

  • L Heslop

    We as residents really have to unite and stop the proposed motor village. The traffic between Pembury and Tunbridge wells is already hellish. the hatings road through our village will end up being a car park. This should never happen in Pembury or any other village. The north far industrial estate is just 1 mile away from the Tesco site. That is where it should go. hhank you

  • Matk

    Well who in Pembury needs this ive never heard of anything so stupid.
    the traffic is a nightmare at the moment this will just cause more traffic jams do any of the counselors and planners have to dive around t.well to work.NO so before any more stupid counselors make decisions on building anymore of anything in t.wlll just look at the traffic jams in and out of Tunbridge well and Southboroug.
    Bunches of Idiots.

  • Beverli Shaw

    The question. Is WHY I can’t imagine that the motor dealers make enough money on North Farm anyway

    I object for the village of Pembury
    I object for access lots of children use the road for cycling and walking to school

    I object because of Congestion on the Pembury Road which from 2 pm in the afternoon until
    6 pm is grid locked

    The deliveries of cars on the large transport carriers

    There was meant to be a park and ride on the site at Tesco’s but nothing happened why did that fail ?

    If anything there should be facilities for Electric cars to top up

    This planning application must not be agreed

  • Mrs C A Cottenham

    I odject most strongly to this proposal. Pembury Rd is gridlocked now this will make it worse, effecting the emergency services to the hospital. This would be better suited to North Farm where there is already several car showrooms.
    If this development goes through, the disruption it would cause for months will be totally unacceptable.

  • Dave & Mo

    This is not an appropriate venture for a village like Pembury. There are already ongoing traffic issues and this can only exacerbate the problem.

  • robin musgrove-wethey

    This is a great idea and just what Pembury needs. A new development on land that is of no use to anyone – adjacent to the A21 and round- abouts, to get any traffic away from the village centre and straight onto a main road so that there will be no more congestion in the village centre.
    Great for employment prospects for the adult and junior population – more apprenticeships for our kids and bringing more cash to the local council – wasted land at the present brings no income to the local council in commercial rates.
    Free’s up the existing site opposite the old Kent and Sussex Hospital (and look at the transformation of that old redundant site!) I bet 10 years ago, the nay-sayers also objected to the new hospital also being built in Pembury, and look at the new life saving hospital and its facilities now.
    No – bring it all on and lets get moving into the 21st Century – stop living in the past – start thinking about all of the good things that it will bring to you and your community.

    • Louise Osborn

      You’re so right!!!! More traffic so ambulances can’t get through, more pollution in the green belt area, more problems in terms of parking in the village. Do you even live here? Mental.

  • L Englefield

    I have replied to planning email with an objection

  • L Englefield

    I have replied to the planning email address with an objection

  • Peter Melhuish

    If Hendy won’t to build a motor village build in on North Farm . We the residents of Pembury do not want it adjacent to our village. Regardless what they say it will increase traffic in the village and parking will get worst.

  • Katy Brooks

    If you’ve commented to share your objections, please ensure that you email planning@tunbridgewells.gov.uk quoting application number 19/00884, as only objections sent to that email will count! Time is running out to make your voice heard….

  • Gillian Wakefield

    I object strongly to the proposed motor village in Pembury.
    Think of the residents of Pembury and of the store of Tesco.
    So much more congestion on A264.
    More suitable for North Farm with all the other dealerships.

  • G. Kirkham

    I have lived in Pembury all my life, I totally object to this planning of a motor village.
    It is an awful road when a dual carriageway goes into single lane into Tunbridge Wells, with people fighting to get through at the top roundabout. From woods gate there are two pedestrian crossings and one set of traffic lights. The people of Pembury fought to get the village bye passes built, now to be used as a rat run, very dangerous for everybody who live here!!

  • Maria Hemsley

    I think the motor village will be better off somewhere else as it gets so congested in pembury and I don’t think tescos should lose parking spaces for a motor village

  • Maria Hemsley

    I do not approve of having a motor village in pembury it’s gets congested in pembury as it is so I think it should go somewhere else with a bit more space and tescos should stay as it is

  • Peter Mehmet

    Motor dealerships always create additional congestion as cars are delivered and moved around on a regular basis throughout the day.
    Large car transporters will add to the already highly congested pembury road and the roundabouts will be even more clogged up with additional trucks and cars using it.

    Why not use the land directly off the A21 by the industrial park where they put funfairs occasionally? Much more suited and better for business I’m sure

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