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Dandara submits homes plan for Highgate Hill in Hawkhurst

A developer has submitted a planning application to Tunbridge Wells council seeking permission to build 74 homes on a parcel of land to the east of Highgate Hill in Hawkhurst.

But if villagers feel they have seen it all before, that is largely because they have.

The access will now be directly off Highgate Hill
The access will now be directly off Highgate Hill

The application by Dandara Homes is a bid for a singe comprehensive development across the site - which had previously been the subject of two planning applications, one from Dandara for 49 homes and one from Leander for 31.

So the new application brings a slight fall in the total number from 80 homes to 74. In addition one house already on the land will be demolished to make way for an access, so the net gain is 73 properties.

Dandara said it had held several public consultations on the previous applications and had listened to local views.

As a result the main access will no longer be from Copthall Avenue, but direct from Highgate Hill.

The previously proposed access to Copthall Avenue will remain as a pedestrian and cycle route only.

The detailed lay-out of the proposed development off Highgate Hill in Hawkhurst
The detailed lay-out of the proposed development off Highgate Hill in Hawkhurst

The proposed homes will be in a range of sizes - including 14 flats. In total, 26 of the new homes will be "affordable." A total of 142 parking spaces will be created.

A large part of the 6.5 hectare plot will be left undeveloped, with a large public open space meadow to the east of the site and three small areas of existing woodland left within the development.

So far there have been eight letters of objection all of which mention the alleged impossibility of adding yet more traffic to Hawkhurst's congested road network.

Application number 20/02788 refers.

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