Consultation on behalf of Icefox Developments:

Proposed development of residential apartments, community centre with ancillary café, external amenity space and car park on land to the rear of 7/9 Station Road, Paddock Wood, Kent

Introduction

Welcome to the public consultation website for the proposed development of two residential apartment blocks (Use Class C3), with a community centre and ancillary café e.g. library (Use Class D1), external civic amenity space and car park at land on the rear of 7/9 Station Road, Paddock Wood, Kent.

DPP are facilitating this public consultation on behalf of Icefox Developments, the developers of the scheme.

Icefox Developments was set up by Mark Cooper in 2009 with a collaborative approach to property development. Mark is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and brings a partnership approach to the needs of all stakeholders in the development process.

Background

DPP will shortly be submitting an outline planning application on behalf of Icefox Developments to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the development of two residential apartment blocks, with a community centre and ancillary café e.g. library (Use Class D1), external civic amenity space (and car park at land on the rear of 7/9 Station Road, Paddock Wood, Kent.  We are providing you with the opportunity to view and comment on the scheme in advance of this submission.

In light of the Government’s advice regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have elected to consult interested parties using a combination of online and offline methods, including a leaflet and letter drop and the creation of this online consultation webpage. This public consultation is an opportunity for you to engage with our vision for the site and to provide us with valuable feedback which will help shape the future of the site.

We ask that you provide your feedback on the proposals by email or post (details below).

The Proposal

The site is situated in a highly sustainable location at the edge of Paddock Wood town centre and which has been vacant since 2006.  The proposals offer the opportunity for a high-quality redevelopment of the site.

It is proposed that the residential element of the development will be set across two blocks; Block A will be formed of between 8 and 12 apartments and will extend to 4 storeys and Block B will accommodate 4 apartments within a separate 2 storey building.

The development proposes key community uses within the site including the provision of a community centre with ancillary café within the ground floor of Building A.  This is anticipated to support a possible re-location of the town centre library or a similar alternative community use, with an ancillary café.  Also proposed is the provision of external civic amenity space which will form an important part of the public realm proposals and will provide opportunities for hosting local markets, such as farmers and craft markets.  The external civic amenity space and public realm will create a visually attractive area, significantly enhancing the appearance and use of this site, making a valuable contribution to the community and creating an appealing place to live and visit for existing residents of Paddock Wood and for future residents of the apartments.

A car park is also proposed as part of the development which will provide an element of parking for the residential apartments and the remainder will be available for public parking.

The site is allocated for development in the Council’s Local Plan (Tunbridge Wells Borough Site Allocations Local Plan 2016 Policy AL/PW1) and the proposed development has been designed to connect with the wider allocation and any future masterplans for this area. The proposed development will assist the Council in boosting the supply of homes in a town centre location.

The proposed development will provide apartments which will boost the population of Paddock Wood, whilst the future residents will contribute to Paddock Wood’s local economy by using local services and facilities.

Job opportunities are also likely to be created as a result of the proposed community centre.  Additionally, the proposed ancillary café will generate revenue and will likely encourage more linked trips, which has the potential to increase footfall and spending within Paddock Wood town centre. Once operational, the café will also provide job opportunities for those in the local area.

It should be noted that a planning application is also being submitted shortly for the use of the site for use as a town centre car park for a temporary period of 3 –5 years, however the proposals detailed within this leaflet set out the longer term aspirations for the site and we would be grateful for your input into the proposals.

We hope that you can support our vision for the site.

Providing your feedback

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the proposed development. Please send any comments you may have by email to paddockwood-consultation@dppukltd.com.

Alternatively, please feel free to post your comments to:

DPP Planning, Milburn House, Dean Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1LF

Please submit your comments on or before Wednesday 31st August 2020.

Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s website.

 


Proposed Site Plan

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Community Space Illustration

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Consultation Letter

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Consultation Leaflet

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