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Detailed masterplan for new Tudeley Village is prepared

An updated masterplan setting out a vision for a new sustainable community in Kent has been drawn up following a major public consultation exercise last year.

The 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, a GP surgery, sports and leisure facilities and a mixture of formal and informal open space.

The 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.

Harry Teacher, the landowner of the Hadlow Estate, said: “We are grateful to everyone who took part in the consultation. Their input has helped shape our latest proposals.

“The Tudeley Village masterplan seeks to deliver our vision for a sustainable settlement, which will respond to the needs of the community for generations to come. It is the product of detailed technical work and responsive design.

“Tudeley will be a place for people of all ages, incomes and tenures. Affordable housing, in a variety of tenures, will be integrated within the community. Alongside the 2,800 new dwellings, there will be sites for employment including offices, workshops, cafés and shops.

“A strong focus on green space, including community orchards and allotments, and sustainable transport connections will ensure that, long into the future, residents of Tudeley will be able to move around the village and beyond without relying on a private vehicle.

“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.”

The masterplan can be seen online here: www.tudeleyvillage.co.uk/delivery/

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