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Brick Kiln Farm, Cranbrook

Project Summary

  • This site relates to a large greenfield site that is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to the south west of the settlement within a rolling landscape.
  • The site has been promoted by Hume Planning Consultancy for some 6 years until March 2015.
  • The promotion of this land commenced in advance of the Tunbridge Wells Core Strategy which when approved set out the spatial strategy for the borough and fixed the number of houses which Cranbrook would need to allocate via the Site Allocation process.
  • During this time Hume Planning met with the Town Council to better understand the local issues and constraints and evaluated the choices for the town including the benefits of a large scale growth opportunity in a single location.
  • With the consultancy team Hume Planning examined a number of technical issues including; access and highway capacity, landscape value, ecology, drainage and infrastructure, archaeology and development impacts on heritage assets.
  • Discussions with TWBC Officers and Kent Highway Services were undertaken during this process to demonstrate that the site was deliverable and why a single allocation rather than a dispersed pattern for housing was preferable in land use terms.
  • Following earlier rounds of consultation and promotion by Hume Planning, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council identified the land as an allocation under Policy AL/CR4 in the submitted version of the Local Plan with a capacity of up to 250 dwellings.