Developers are applying to build 100 homes and a new primary school in a scheme they claim would form a new gateway to Tonbridge.
The ambitious plans have been submitted to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and form part of a longer term aim to develop land along Haysden Lane on the edge of Haysden Country Park.
Developer, Hallam Land Management, wants to build the homes on two fields butting the eastern boundary of the Hayesbrook School on one side and the Judd School’s sports facilities to the other and have put forward two options.
One would include 100 homes and a two entry class primary school with access from Lower Haysden Lane while the second shows 125 homes to the south of the site.
Consultants drawing up plans on their behalf say the 10.64 hectares, currently used for pasture, would retain their open feel and houses would be built as a “sustainable extension to Tonbridge.”
The application is made possible after Tonbridge and Malling planners set aside the plot in its 2007 local plan – dubbing it an area “safeguarded” for development and removing it from the Greenbelt. The borough’s new local plan is currently being drawn up and will set planning policy until 2031.
It includes the same piece of land plus a larger area which has been broadly earmarked for the development of 480 homes – running from Haysden Country Park and the Hayesbrook School down over Lower Haysden Lane to the A21.
But the site – just 500 metres from the High Weald’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is bound to prove controversial – pushing the boundaries of the town’s Greenbelt.
In a statement presented to the council, Hallem Land Management claim homes will be built over less than half of the overall site with recreational spaces preserved and trees and green buffers planted throughout.
Source: Kent Live