Former Kent & Sussex Hospital Site
dha secured permission on behalf of Berkeley Homes (Eastern Counties) Ltd for a residential led, mixed use development comprising 243 No. residential dwellings, 4046 sq m of office space and 1100 sq m of school facilities, open space, access and parking on land previously occupied by the Kent and Sussex Hospital.
The application was subject to significant liaison with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, with a series of officer led meetings and design workshops held prior to submission. The scheme evolved significantly during this time with dha and Berkeley Homes reacting and adapting to comments made in a positive and constructive manner. It was necessary to negotiate on issues relating to affordable housing, primary school places, housing ratios and a departure from the local plan with regards to commercial allocation. A Public Exhibition was also held and an online consultation portal set up to ensure public consultation continued throughout the planning process. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council granted approval following committee in December 2012.
The K&S Hospital has since relocated to the new Pembury Hospital with the redundant hospital buildings soon to be demolished. dha assisted with the discharging of conditions by producing an RCHME Level 1 Photographic survey to assess the buildings prior to demolition.
For more information please contact Matthew Woodhead.