On Friday 14 October Tunbridge Wells Borough Council finalised the sale of land in Hawkenbury to Berkeley Homes, subject to planning permission.
Last year Cabinet members gave approval for the site (off Hawkenbury Road/Maryland Road) to be sold for residential development with a school, to provide for the relocation of St Peter’s Primary School.
Speaking about the sale Leader of the Council David Jukes said:
‘I am absolutely delighted that after a long period of negotiations we are finally agreed on the sale of our council owned land at Holly Farm which will enable a much-needed new primary school to be built on that site in cooperation with Kent County Council We would hope that a planning application will be coming in in the very near future and if all goes to plan the school will open in September 2018.’
Director of Planning and Development Jonathan MacDonald said:
‘In bringing this site forward I believe the Council is making good use of its property assets. The deal brings the prospect of new homes and a new school and gives a boost to the Council’s plans for growth.’
Peter Smith, Managing Director of Berkeley Homes Eastern Counties:
‘Following the success of our Royal Wells Park development on the former Kent and Sussex Hospital site, Berkeley Homes is delighted to have acquired another key development site in Tunbridge Wells. We are now working hard to secure planning consent to enable the provision of much needed new homes together with a new primary school for the Hawkenbury area.’
Making best use of its land and property assets for the benefit of residents is a corporate priority for the Council.