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Local Authority at a Glance

Tunbridge Wells

Planning Policy and Housing Delivery

Tunbridge Wells

  • Adopted Local Plan: Local Plan, 2006.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Hawkhurst, Paddock Wood.

  • Five-Year Housing Supply: Yes.

  • New Plan: New Local Plan preparation ongoing, expected adoption by 2024.

  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): Yes, includes SPDs on Design, Conservation, and Housing.

  • Housing Delivery Test 2022: 96% - Acceptable

2023 Statistics & Performance

  • Applications Received: 900

  • Applications Decided: 870

  • Appeals Allowed: 10

  • Appeals Dismissed: 16

  • % of Applications Determined Within Statutory Period: 82%

  • Analysis: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's performance was solid, with a high rate of applications processed within the statutory period. The number of appeals allowed was minimal, indicating strong planning controls.

For accurate and detailed information, please refer to the statistical data published by the UK Government on planning applications and performance tables​ (GOV.UK)​​

Address: Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS

Phone: 01892 526 121


Website: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

  • The Tunbridge Wells area includes:

    • Green Belt: To maintain rural character.

    • Conservation Areas: Including the Tunbridge Wells Town Centre.

    • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI): Includes areas like Eridge Park.

  • Brenenden, Bidborough, Brechley, Cranbrook, Frittenden, Goudhurst, Groombridge, Hawkhurst – The Moor, Hawkhurst – Highgate and All Saints Church, Hawkhurst – Iddenden Green (Sawyers Green), Horsmonden, Iden Green, Kilndown, Lamberhurst, Lamberhurst, the Down, Langton Green, Matfield Green, Pembury, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Rusthall, Sandhurst, Sissinghurst, Soughborough – The Common, Speldhurst, Wilsley, Maderian Park and Warwick Park

  • TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5, TN7, TN11, TN12, TN17, TN18, TN19, TN27, TN30, TN31, TN32

Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells, located in Kent, is a historic spa town known for its elegant architecture and strategic urban planning. The town’s planning emphasizes the preservation of its historical character, with landmarks such as The Pantiles, a Georgian colonnade, and the Chalybeate Spring, highlighting its spa heritage. The town center features a mix of historic buildings and modern amenities, providing a vibrant shopping and dining experience. Tunbridge Wells is surrounded by extensive green spaces, including Dunorlan Park and Calverley Grounds, which offer residents ample recreational opportunities. The town’s planning strategy includes the protection of green belt land and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, ensuring the preservation of its scenic landscapes. Tunbridge Wells’ excellent transport links, with direct rail services to London and proximity to the A21 road, make it an attractive location for commuters. The town’s commitment to preserving its historical and natural assets while supporting sustainable development makes it a desirable place to live and visit.

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