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The Masterplan for Tudeley Village

In drawing up the plans, we have carefully studied how Kent villages have evolved over time, with asymmetric village greens, buildings set back from the roads, winding lanes, and a rich variety of house styles.

The detailed masterplan for Tudeley Village, a new community of 2,800 homes in the borough of Tunbridge Wells, includes facilities such as a new primary and secondary school, health, sports and leisure facilities and a mixture of formal and informal open space. A public consultation in October 2020 was run as a joint in-person and online event and material on the project website has been viewed more than 4,000 times. Feedback from the consultation informed a number of changes including clearer links to the existing footpath network, improving the proposed pedestrian and cycle links through the site, and re-designs of the eastern neighbourhood and of the secondary school and its playing fields/pitches.

Interactive Map of Tudeley Village.

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Masterplan

Tudeley Village masterplan comprises distinct neighbourhoods organised around a village centre. There are also smaller neighbourhood centres, which represent clusters of amenities. These neighbourhoods are all connected by a network of open spaces and pedestrian and cycle routes. The character of the village is defined by its walkability, enabling residents to live more sustainably and enjoy the health and leisure benefits of walking. Key community infrastructure, including schools and leisure facilities, have also been woven throughout the plan.

Constraints Plan

This plan creates a basic structure for the masterplan. Features include areas of ecological interest, such as woodland, bodies of water and hedgerows; key views within the site; existing buildings in and around the site; and public footpaths. Existing roads and the railway line are also included. As many of these constraints are landscape features, this plan also forms the basis of the masterplan’s green network of open spaces and pedestrian and cycle paths. The features of the landscape are an integral part of the masterplan providing variety and beauty for residents to enjoy, and places for wildlife and biodiversity.

Land Use

The land use plan describes the distribution of different uses across Tudeley Village. The 170.29-hectare site offers a developable area of 94.7 hectares. This developable area includes space for housing and associated uses (access roads within the site, private gardens, car parking, open space and children’s play areas). This analysis shows that Tudeley Village could support 2,800 dwellings.

Open Space

The masterplan incorporates a generous allocation of open and green spaces. Many of these are based on existing features such as the ponds that form the centrepiece of the new village green and the areas of ancient woodland and hedgerows incorporated into the green network. Overall, these measures will contribute to a biodiversity net gain of at least 10 per cent.

Commercial

Mixed-use communities are bustling and vibrant places, which provide amenities for residents, as well as employment opportunities. The masterplan is arranged around neighbourhood centres, each with commercial units and community spaces. Post-Covid, people will expect provision of suitable workspaces, either in homes or in small office hubs for micro businesses, and this should become the norm. Tudeley is well-placed to deliver this.

Phasing

The phasing strategy has been planned to ensure that each generation of residents will experience a true sense of place and enjoy the benefits of living in Tudeley Village. The strategy also considers the most effective way to build out the site, taking into account the requirements for infrastructure, including important transport links and improvements, as well as the provision of key community services.

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The Tudeley Village masterplan seeks to deliver the Hadlow Estate’s vision for a sustainable settlement, which will respond to the needs of the community for generations to come. Tudeley will be a place for people of all ages, incomes and tenures. Affordable housing will be integrated within the community. Alongside the 2,800 new dwellings, there will be sites for employment including offices, workshops, cafés and shops.

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased people’s appreciation of supportive communities and further emphasised the importance of our physical environment, not only how it looks but its impact on our health and wellbeing.

Comfortable homes, from which to work, teach and relax, with access to local amenities and public open space, including parks and the wider countryside, must be more than just an aspiration for any future development.