Knights Wood considered for 49 more homes

Knights Wood considered for 49 more homes

An extra 49 homes could be built at Knights Wood estate at North Farm, if plans are approved by councillors.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s planning committee has the option to grant permission for ‘phase four’ of the development.

Knights Wood is next to the Knights Park cinema estate and close to High Brooms railway station.

If councillors give the go-ahead it would see the site grow to contain 598 homes.

Developer Dandara has stated there would by 17 affordable homes out of the 49.

Their statement in favour said: ‘The proposal will both continue the success of Knights Wood as a new community and optimise delivery of much needed high quality new homes within an attractive landscape setting.’

The committee will decide on Wednesday, July 18, on whether to go ahead, with the planning inspector having recommended permission is granted.

Their statement read: ‘This site already has the benefit of an extant planning permission for residential development and is part of an allocated site for housing.

‘There is no objection in principle to the proposed development as the site has the benefit of an extant planning permission for residential development.’

As part of the Section 106 agreement whereby developers ‘donate’ money to the community, contributions would need to be paid to local projects, including the Tunbridge Wells Cultural Hub and Hawkenbury Recreation Ground expansion.

Cllr Bob Backhouse, who represents the relevant Sherwood ward, said: ‘I have engaged with Tunbridge Wells residents and there is a need for more homes.

‘But Dandara has to make the provision for extra funding for school places.’

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