Retirement Villages Group (RVG), which is owned by AXA, has submitted a formal planning application to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for its proposals on Mount Pleasant Road, bringing the town centre location that has sat empty for more than 20 years one step closer to being built on.
RVG’s plans are for a new later living community, also features on-site amenities including a hydrotherapy pool, spa, or a gym, which will be open to the public on a membership basis.
A new public space is also proposed for the site, which includes a landscaped central courtyard for residents and the wider community.
RVG’s new development will also see the ground floor fronting Mount Pleasant Road and Church Road turned into nine retail units for local independent businesses.
The submission of the planning application follows consultation with the local community in Tunbridge Wells in the spring.
RVG’s proposed scheme has responded to the consultation feedback through design changes and enhancements to the façade at the Church Road/Mount Pleasant Road junction – these include a reduction in height and the inclusion of additional windows and articulation.
Caroline Keiller, Development Manager at Retirement Villages Group, said: “We’re committed to bringing forward a development that is viable so that we can bring this long-dormant site back to life and contribute long-term benefits to the town centre.
“Our scheme will provide an attractive housing option for older people who not only want to downsize, freeing up family-sized homes, but who also want to remain active in their community close to their network of family and friends.”