Holiday lets approved after changes to planning regime

A PLAN to convert a Langton Green stable building into two holiday lets with a side extension has been approved, eight-and-a-half years after it was first submitted, and an appeal rejected.

The original plan to convert a redundant stable building was refused by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) in 2014, but the owners reapplied last year citing changes to the planning regime.

Reapplying to TWBC in July 2022, architect Steve Baker wrote: “The current national and local planning framework … has evolved and a further planning application should be more favourably received.”

There were now financial payment mitigation strategies in place, the application stated.

“The applicants are fully aware of and prepared to make the respective financial contributions,” according to the form.

A supporting letter from a letting agent confirmed such holiday lets could each fetch from £550 a week in the low season to £890 in peak season, giving the owners around £15,550 per unit in the first year, assuming 55 per cent occupancy and commission paid to the letting agency.

TWBC granted the application last week, subject to conditions, including a scheme for the enhancement of biodiversity on the site.

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