This section contains documentation for consultations
on which the Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Forum will give comment in due course.
Air Quality in RTW
Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) is the process by which local authorities monitor, assess and take action to improve air quality.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is consulting on its air quality strategy and Town Forum members are asked to respond,
either directly, or via members of the Town Forum Management Group.
The survey takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and closes on 28 October 2018.
TWBC Air Quality Consultation
Rights of Way Improvement Plan
Kent County Council has a duty to prepare a Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP)
under Section 60 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and
to update the plan every 10 years.
the relocation of St Peter's Church Primary School
Kent County Council proposes to relocate and expand St Peter's Church of England Primary School,
Windmill Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 4UU.
The Hawkenbury Farm development has planning consent to provide 235 new homes;
therefore there will be a future demand for additional places.
This is the RTW Town Forum's submission for the Transport Plan, a component of the Local Plan.
Since 2012, the RTW Town Forum has contributed to consultations about the TWBC Transport Plan 2012-26
and Cycling and Parking strategies and KCC's Active Travel Strategy.
It has produced its own Town Centre Transport Plan and
proposals for a Green Network of active travel routes.
Submission of Comments accepted concerning
CULTURE HUB in RTW
On 10 November 2017, Planning Site Notice appeared near the Library/Museum entrance
"LISTED BUILDING CONSENT, Partial Demolition of the Adult Education Centre, Museum, Library and
the removal of two huts in the rear of the site.
Erection of extensions to the side and rear of the Adult Education Centre, Museum, Library to create a unified CULTURAL HUB."
Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre are keen to seek people's view about how to take forward their heritage ideas.
They are currently working on exciting plans to open up more of their beautiful, Grade II* listed, former church and create a new heritage attraction for Tunbridge Wells for residents and visitors alike.
(Trinity is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a £1.8m grant.)
"Civic Development Planning Framework (SPD)
Supplementary Planning Document"
Town Forum members and everyone in the Borough can submit comments
regarding specific areas and sites within the Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre,
1.) Crescent Road/Church Road,
2.) Mount Pleasant Car Park,
3.) Great Hall Car Park.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is hosting a drop-in session on Wednesday 15 November 2017 (2pm - 7pm), in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
"Tunbridge Wells Borough Open Space, Sport and Recreation Study"
TWBC would very much like to hear Town Forum members' and Residents' views on open spaces, sport and recreation facilities.
The study is very wide ranging and covers
parks and recreation grounds;
amenity and informal green spaces (e.g. Trinity Churchyard, Cemeteries);
swimming pools, leisure centres;
play areas and youth facilities;
tennis courts and bowling greens;
wildlife areas/nature reserves, natural green spaces;
The Council's corporate strategy, known as the Five Year Plan, is being reviewed to make sure it stays up-to-date and relevant for the borough.
The Five Year Plan is the strategic document which outlines the things that the Council will do in the next five years.
"Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan" and "Vision up to 2033"
Town Forum members and everyone in the Borough can submit comments concerning TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH LOCAL PLAN:
- ISSUES AND OPTIONS
- DRAFT LANDSCAPE CHARACTER ASSESSMENT Supplementary Planning Documents
- SECOND CALL FOR SITES
The Borough Council is hosting a series of exhibitions during May: Thursday 11 May 4pm-7pm and Saturday 13 May 10am-2pm at Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, Royal Tunbridge Wells (Unit 9 in Ely Court)
Town Forum members and everyone in the Borough can submit comments concerning TUNBRIDGE WELLS DRAFT PLANNING FRAMEWORK for the
1.) THE CRESCENT ROAD/CHURCH ROAD AREA OF CHANGE,
2.) GREAT HALL CAR PARK
3.) MOUNT PLEASANT CAR PARK
which means - TWBC requests residents' comments in connection with:
1.) EXTENSION of CRESCENT ROAD MULTI-STOREY CAR PARK
2.) NEW TOWN HALL (e.g. Council's Offices & Council Chamber)
3.) NEW Theatre
There will be an exhibition of the draft Framework material on display from Thursday 11 May to Thursday 25 May in Unit 3, Ely Court, Royal Victoria Place, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
There will also be two days when the exhibition will move opposite to Royal Tunbridge Wells Together, Unit 7.
(and staffed drop-in sessions - Saturday 13 May 10am-3pm, Thursday 18 May 2pm-8pm)
The RTW Town Forum responds to the government's consultation on the South Eastern Rail Franchise which expires in December 2017.
The original documents from the Department for Transport can be found at
Department of Transport
Consultation ends on 23 May 2017.
Consultation concerning "Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy"
Town Forum members and everyone in the Borough can submit comments concerning the Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy.
It reviews Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's policy aimed at the "taxi trade" and
makes some changes to the existing policy to bring it into line with recent changes in legislation e.g. safeguarding.
Consultation ends on 17th March 2017.
Comments can be posted on the Portal for
Response concerning "Expansion of car parking in RTW"
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council proposes alterations to restrictions within Permit Parking Zones A and C:
TWBC has announced a public consultation about increasing the amount of time when parking is restricted to PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY in residents parking Zones A and C.
Comments can be posted on TWBC CONSULTATIONS In both zones A and C the restriction will be permit holder only parking,
Monday - Saturday from 8am to noon and then from 3pm to either 7pm or 8pm depending on the street.
On Sundays, it will be permit holder only parking from 11am to 3pm.
Consultation concerning "Calls for Sites" (Local Plan 2013-2033)
The Town Forum submitted its response to the Borough Council's call for sites under the Local Plan 2013-2033.
Royal Tunbridge Wells cannot accommodate more new housing than its share of the 300 units annually as agreed in the recent Local Plan.
The Town Forum calls on the Borough Council to seek a different strategic approach and proposes a plan including "Investigating Garden Village sites to relieve pressure on existing settlements".