Planning permission granted for four homes in conservation area

A PROJECT to build four dwellings in the Royal Tunbridge Wells conservation area has been granted planning permission.


The plot on the corner of Boyne Park and Somerville Gardens was originally occupied by a villa built at the same time as many of its other Victorian and Edwardian neighbours.


However, architects Southstudio said the original house ‘was destroyed by WWII bomb damage and rebuilt as a nondescript infill in the 1950s.


Southstudio’s vision will return the property in scale and character to that of the original.’


An earlier application in 2021 was refused.


Planning was granted earlier this month (September) for a new application to build a mansion block of three dwellings and a coach house on the corner plot.


Even this application attracted nearly 40 objection letters, including a joint one from the Boyne Park Residents’ Association.


Southstudio director Patrick Bankhead said: “We are delighted to achieve planning for another complex site, which enables us to bring forward more sensitively designed and sustainable homes within central Tunbridge Wells.


“We are proud to be able to work collaboratively with local stakeholders and the local authority to ensure that our designs match both need and expectations,” he added.

“We also feel strongly about referring to historical architectural precedent, celebrating its beauty, skill and craft but with a modern twist and purpose.”

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