Planning permission is dependent on local relationships says architects’ firm

AN ABILITY to get numerous projects through the local planning process is a matter of local relationships, according to an architects’ firm which relocated to Tunbridge Wells two years ago.


Founded in London in 2011, Southstudio moved its headquarters to Tunbridge Wells two years ago and has since been involved with a number of private residential, mixed-use and community projects.


Director Patrick Bankhead said he and his team had become known for helping get even the trickiest permissions through Planning, including sites that had previously been deemed too complex, with multiple rejections.


“This success is due to the firm’s commitment to authentic design that responds to the period, environment and surrounding architecture; and relationships with local stakeholders and authorities, the community and planners,” he said.


“The Tunbridge Wells community is passionate about well designed, sustainable homes, and we enjoy working closely to ensure we can deliver on these points.”


The firm had created 32 sustainable homes in Tunbridge Wells over the last two years, he added.


“As well as being attractively presented, the homes need to be practical and fit the modern needs of those around us. We are proud to have brought forward these much-needed new homes in a relatively short timeframe.”

Southstudio’s head office is located in the High Street in Tunbridge Wells, but it is planning to expand its team to work on both private and more commercial projects to enhance the community.


Meanwhile, director Richard Brearley is continuing to expand the firm’s London office, running a number of assisted living, community and educational projects, alongside their core business of private homes.

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