Category Archives: Consultations

BBS Building control decreases fees to compete with local councils

BBS are in the top ten providers of Building Control in the country and have experienced 20% growth year on year. They provide the service of ‘signing off’ building work during it’s various construction stages, ensuring it adheres to the Building Regulations.

We recently received an email from BBS stating that as of 1st April 2014 their fees will be 5% lower than comparable quotes from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC).

CPA Planning Design have been involved with BBS many times over the years and have received nothing short of a professional service.

It has also been noted by BBS that TWBC do send out letters which appear to be requests for payment relating to Building Control, BBS are in the process of pursuing this, to avoid confusion to clients.

Panel of Architects to debate improvements to Tunbridge Wells (26th June 2013)

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are joining ‘So Create a Difference’ to organise ‘So Create’ – a debate on improving Tunbridge Wells. It’s a follow up to one arranged by local Architects in January 2013 and will centre on the planning and development process to improve the town.

Speakers will include Robert Adam who chaired the RIBA judges’ panel for the competition to redesign the old cinema. Also included will be Chris Lamb (Chief Exec. of Kent Architecture) and Michael Westlake (a Tunbridge Wells based Architect), the latter being behind the ‘So Create a Difference’ scheme.

Both local Architects and residents are welcome to contribute, the conclusion of which will be available in book form and available for purchase.

The debate takes place at the Trinity Theatre on the 26th June 2013, tickets are available on line at www.lovearchitecture.org.

Tunbridge Wells Charges for Pre-Planning Application Advice

tunbridge_wells_district_councilOn 20 September 2012 the council’s cabinet took the decision to introduce charges for pre-application planning enquiries.

Charges are to be introduced today (Monday 1 April 2013), in line with a scale of fees agreed by the cabinet.

The council has prepared a Pre-Application Planning Advice Service Guidance Note to assist anyone who might want planning advice prior to submitting a formal planning application. The Guidance Note explains what the council will provide as part of the service, the benefits of pre-application advice, fees and charges, how the pre-application advice service will work and what the applicant / customer will need to provide in order for the council to be able to deal with the enquiry. All pre-application enquiries should be submitted on a Pre-Application Advice Request Form.

Fee’s include:

By post (No meeting):

Small Household: £25 per letter (house extensions, etc.)
Minor applications: £75 per letter (1-9 dwellings or changes of less than 1000 sq. m.)
Major applications: £250 per letter (10 or more dwellings or change of 1000 sq. m. or more)

Meetings (with letter):

Small Household: £50 (for a 20minute meeting)
Minor applications: £150 (for a 30minute meeting)
Major applications: £450 per hour

Proposed Development and Consultation dates for Cranbrook

Here are the intentions based on a ‘Core Strategy’ document created in 2010:

  • Proposed 300 new homes, with 43 built or planned*
  • Approx. 250 new homes allocated with supported infrastructure (schools, open spaces, etc.).
  • Additional retail floorspace.
  • Community Facilities.
  • Strengthen and support local shops and businesses.
  • Maintain Crane Valley open space corridor

* As at end of September 2012

Consultation Date: 19th April 2013    Time: 2:30-8pm
Location: Vestry Hall, Stone Street, Cranbrook

Proposed Development and Consultation dates for Southborough, Hawkenbury and Speldhurst Road

Here are the intentions based on a ‘Core Strategy’ document created in 2010:

  • Allocated three current rural fringe areas for additional growth at Hawkenbury, Knights Park, Speldhurst Road, former allotments as part of the Royal Tunbridge Wells/Southborough housing requirements.
  • Provision of new infrastructure and community facilities including new schools at Knights Park and Hawkenbury.
  • Propose new areas of search for replacement rural fringe to South East of Royal Tunbridge Wells around Hawkenbury area and West of Southborough near Caenwood Farm.
  • Continue protection of Green Belt, AONB and rural areas for their natural environment and recreational uses.

Consultation Date: 18th April 2013    Time: 4-8pm
Location: The Ark, Gallard’s Almshouses, London Road

Proposed Development and Consultation dates for Hawkhurst

Here are the intentions based on a ‘Core Strategy’ document created in 2010:

  • Proposed 240 new homes, with 130 built or planned*
  • Approx. 110 new homes allocated to include open space and community facilities.
  • Additional retail floorspace.
  • Gill’s Green employment improvements
  • Strengthen and support local shops and businesses.

* As at end of September 2012

Consultation Date: 17th April 2013    Time: 4-8pm
Location: British Legion, Unity Hall, High Street

Proposed Development and Consultation dates for Paddock Wood

Here are the intentions based on a ‘Core Strategy’ document created in 2010:

  • Proposed 600 new homes, with 90 built or planned*
  • Approx. 650 new homes allocated (on Eastern Land) with supported infrastructure (schools, open spaces, etc.).
  • Additional retail floorspace.
  • Community Facilities.
  • Strengthen and support local shops and businesses.
  • Mitigate flooding issues.

* As at end of September 2012

Consultation Date: 16th April 2013    Time: 4-8pm
Location: Wesley Centre, Commercial Road

Proposed Development and Consultation dates for Tunbridge Wells

Although we hear very little about individuals having the finances for owning a property, but not finding a house to live in, the government is pressurising its districts and boroughs to increase housing densities. Here are the intentions based on a ‘Core Strategy’ document created in 2010:

  • Proposed 4,500 new homes, with 2,055 built or planned*
  • Approx. 2,400 new homes with supported infrastructure (schools, open spaces, etc.)
  • Approx. 44,500 sqm additional retail floorspace.
  • Area changes for mixed use development.
  • Maintaining Key Employment Areas and promote business growth.
  • Improve Parking
  • Increase opportunities for non-employment related activities (leisure, recreation, etc.)

* As at end of September 2012

Consultation Date: 15th & 20th April 2013
Location: Royal Victoria Place