Sevenoaks Town Council believes the refurbishment of the Bat & Ball Station building is key to the masterplan for the regeneration of Northern Sevenoaks.
For the past year it has been working on a project that has achieved planning permission and listed building consent to refurbish the boarded up station building to provide a cafe, public toilets and community rooms.
It has also undertaken negotiations with Southeastern and Network Rail for a 25-year peppercorn lease, which have now been completed.
The project has successfully passed through a Stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund application and the Stage 2 Application has also been submitted. If successful, the refurbishment project would be carried out between January-September 2018. If unsuccessful, the town council will restore the building as and when funds are available. A decision is due on 1st December.
In addition to the station building, the town council is continuing with the development of the new Bat & Ball Centre building, which is on the opposite side of the railway line. Within this development there will be an opportunity to provide a flat access to the London-bound platform of the station.