The journey from an initial idea to a new village community is a long one. A milestone on this journey is the creation of a masterplan.
Our masterplan will be developed through a ‘charrette’ process, an intensive period of stakeholder and community consultation, with ideas developed and drawn as discussions progress. This is a tried-and-tested process that has generated masterplans for some of the best new communities across the world.
The Local Plan Process
The charrette will be held alongside the development of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Local Plan.
- The Draft Local Plan, which will outline the new policies and strategy, including all potential sites for allocation, was made public on 29th July 2019, with public consultation between 20th September and 1st November 2019. (Regulation 18 stage).
- The pre-submission draft Local Plan is expected to be made by July 2020 and made available for public consultation in August-September 2020 (Regulation 19 stage).
- The Local Plan process is for submission to the Secretary of State for examination in December 2020, and if it is agreed, is intended to be adopted before the end of 2021.
- The Hadlow Estate is committed to consultation and engagement with the local community on the proposals, to inform the emerging masterplan.
We look forward to this public consultation and will publish a timetable and further details about how to take part in due course.
What is a charrette?
A charrette is a community-based planning workshop, often held over a period of a week or so. Comprising a series of meetings, design sessions, presentations and consultations, a charrette is a forum for the generation and testing of ideas, offering the advantage of immediate feedback between designers and stakeholders. Most importantly, the process encourages every participant to collaborate in the joint authorship of an emerging masterplan.
Bringing a full team of designers and consultants together, charrettes are rigorous events. A team of design experts and consultants set up a full working office, called a ‘Design Studio’, in a location close to the project site. Without other distractions, this intensive process focuses the mind to generate good ideas quickly and efficiently.
Charrettes encourage participation with everyone who is connected to the end product; the developer, the local authority, local residents, businesses, and members of societies and forums who may have an interest. Participation ranges across formal and informal meetings, workshops, seminars and design sessions, with discussions held at key intervals to consolidate work completed by the team.
What will the Tudeley charrette be like?
The Tudeley charrette will be an intensive planning session where the public, designers and consultants collaborate on a vision for the development of the site. The charrette will include:
- A site tour. The team will already be familiar with the Tudeley site, but a comprehensive site tour, informed by a raft of preparatory studies, is essential at the beginning of the project.
- Topic-based meetings on technical issues. Project meetings will be held to discuss a broad range of issues relevant to the development, including highways, transport, heritage, drainage, education, health, water and utilities, community, public and social services, landscape, and green infrastructure.
- Team meetings and presentations. The design team starts work right away, producing draft masterplans and designs. The design team’s proposals are ‘reality tested’ on a daily basis, which means that inefficient or unsuitable proposals are swiftly discarded.
- Public consultation. There will be ample opportunity for emerging principles to be tabled and for people to view them and offer feedback and ideas.
- Completion and refinement of the drawings and other materials. After the charrette, the design team continues to work on the masterplan and other documents, to add detail and refine the outline scheme.
Initial concept – from Ridge to River
The landscape surrounding Tudeley includes four distinct landscape character areas. There is a transition from the forested plateau of the wooded High Weald AONB in the south, through Low Weald Fruit Belt farmland (where Tudeley is located) down towards the Medway river valley and Golden Green to the north.
These landscape features and typologies generated an initial concept – a Ridge-to-River transition with a new village at the heart of the area. The village would connect these landscapes with green corridors from one landscape area to the next, allowing access out into and from the surrounding area, and taking its character and sense of place from its locale.
The village will have a generous park and many areas of green spaces interwoven throughout: orchards, allotments and woodland. It includes a new primary school, day nursery, community centre, health centre, a variety of business units and, potentially, a new rail halt.
What will happen after the charrette?
Following the charrette, the design team will analyse and test the plans. Additional stakeholder input is gathered, final changes are made, and the plans are presented to the public at a follow-up meeting.
The goal of the plan implementation phase is to finalise the outcomes of the charrette – the masterplan – in a form that will guide the project through adoption and development.