Bellway Homes have now submitted the application to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, the application documents can be viewed online on the Councils website by searching the following application reference: TM/18/02093/OA.. The application is for up to 90 new homes with associated access. The application is in outline form, so the layout and design is indicative and will be confirmed at a subsequent Reserved Matters stage. 

An indicative masterplan has been prepared following a detailed analysis of the site and surroundings and in light of ecological, heritage, topographical and arboricultural assessments. 

In summary, the proposals involve the following:

  • A new vehicular access off Swan Street
  • Development of up to 90 new homes including 40% affordable across a range of house types
  • Open space and significant landscaping within the northwest corner of the site
  • Sustainable drainage systems to serve both a drainage function and provide benefits for biodiversity

Benefits of the Scheme

Following the analysis and design development a well thought out and cohesive development is proposed. This development would provide the key features and benefits listed

  • A much needed mix of dwellings, ranging from 1 bed apartments to 4 bedroom detached family houses
  • A mix of affordable housing in line with current planning policy
  • Enhancement and integration of the existing footpath link between the village and the train station, improving safety and surveillance of this important route
  • The provision of a sequence of well thought out and safe streets and spaces
  • A range of building types and designs which reflect the character, scale and massing of the surrounding area
  • A development which respects the setting of key historic assets via the maintenance of key views and vistas
  • The provision of usable and interesting public open spaces which utilise existing landscape features and topography
  • The provision of parking spaces in line with local guidelines and appropriate to the site's proximity to amenities, services and transport links
  • Key feature buildings positioned at vista stops and focal nodes
  • The use of street planting to help green the neighbourhood and provide green, pedestrian friendly links