British Land and Altitude support Civic Complex

Date set for Calverley Square inquiry

Leading firms have come out in support of the Tunbridge Wells Civic Complex and theatre project.

Developers British Land, who are buying Royal Victoria Place, said the £90million plan was ‘part of what attracted’ them into the town.

And Altitude, who are building shops, restaurants and apartments on the old cinema site, also expressed their support.

Opposition party, Tunbridge Wells Alliance commented: ‘These businesses will not be paying for the project via a £77million loan, service and community support group cuts and waste charges.’

The borough council voted 30 to 13 in favour of advanced plans for the Civic Complex in December. Last week both developers submitted comments as part of a planning consultation.

British Land’s Amanda Raven said: ‘The proposed development of a new culture hub and theatre were part of what attracted us to Tunbridge Wells.

‘This will positively contribute to the community and help ensure the area is a prime cultural and leisure destination.’

Stephen Tillman, Director of Altitude, added: ‘As a private investor, we are acutely aware of the need for investment in new public facilities to support the economic prosperity of the town.

‘In our experience Tunbridge Wells is heading in the right direction and we fully support the ambition shown by this planning application as further evidence of a thriving and enjoyable future for the town.’

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