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Tonbridge: Developer's plans for 16-storey glass tower dubbed a monstrosity

A developer's plans for a 16-storey glass tower and 252 rental flats have been described as a monstrosity after the proposals were submitted.

The glass tower block would be visible across Tonbridge’s town centre if plans for the flats are given the go-ahead.

Members of the public have asked Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to halt the progress of the River Conference Centre development in Medway Wharf after a planning application was submitted earlier this month by rental developers F Estates Ltd.

The development would also include a nine-storey building on the same site
The development would also include a nine-storey building on the same site

The proposals include123 studio flats along with 80 one-bed apartments and a further 49 two-bed flats and 73 parking spaces. There would also be 252 cycle storage spaces.

The site already has planning permission for a 14-storey structure after the council approved plans in June 2011.

Work started in May 2014 to begin building foundations but they did not progress beyond that point.

The development would also include a nine-storey building on the same site
The development would also include a nine-storey building on the same site

The latest application outlines two significant buildings made up of a “landmark” glass tower of 16 storeys and another nine-storey rectangular building with roof garden and parking.

Those living in the immediate are begging TMBC to turn down the planning application describing it as a “monstrosity”.

Plans have been submitted for a 16-story glass tower
Plans have been submitted for a 16-story glass tower

One neighbour said: “This is a ludicrous plan considering there is not enough infrastructure in the area to support us even now.

“Every Sunday is a nightmare with cars parked all along Medway Wharf Road for the church. I have had several near misses on the bend already.

“All the light will be taken from the existing flats in the vicinity if this monstrosity is built. Please do not build such a high rise structure to become a blot on the landscape. You will spoil Tonbridge.”

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