Local Plan


The Local Plan Page

This page is an aid to understanding the ‘Local Plan’ – the housing expansion of Pembury to satisfy government housing plans.
It is a work in progress and may change as and when new data is made available.

On 27th July 2019 this document (link below) was made public. It is the first document showing some detail of ‘The Local Plan’.


The document, published by TWBC, covers all of the Tunbridge Wells Borough.
Pembury is detailed between pages 323 and 340.



TWBC Draft Local Plan document –   https://beta.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/local-plan/draft-local-plan

Make comments on the Local Plan              (We are not aware of any online comment facility)

You can return them by e-mail to localplan@tunbridgewells.gov.uk, or print them and post your completed forms to:

Local Plan
Planning Policy
Planning Services
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall
Civic Way
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1RS.

Comments can be submitted from 20 September to 1 November 2019.

Some relevant documents at TWBC Planning web site

Local Plan Overview –
Pembury Green Belt Study –
Infrastructure Delivery Plan –
Parking and Transport –
Proposed Tunbridge Wells Bypass  (page 143 of this document) –

The report does hint that this bypass scheme has been dismissed for the time being, but is useful for future resurrection.
See maps lower down this page.



Detailed Assessment of Pembury –


This document is worth reading – several times!



The map below is a summary of the Pembury section and has been compiled from the TWBC data.



TWBC   Public consultation for Pembury Local Plan

Wednesday 2 October,     4pm to 7pm     in the Pembury Village Hall.


Pembury Parish Council  Public consultation for Pembury Local Plan

Monday 23 September,         in the Pembury Village Hall

             Drop in Session 6pm – 8pm                Public Meeting  8pm – 9pm


The map below shows how the Local Plan at Tudeley, Capel and Paddock Wood will impact Pembury.

Above: a map of the area showing the likely route for drivers from the Paddock Wood / Tudeley area heading to Tunbridge Wells.
Although there are plans for a Colts Hill bypass the main traffic will still funnel in at Pembury.
The creation of nearly 7000 new homes (Pembury has just over 2000) will have a huge impact on local road traffic conditions.

Below – the same map with a few additions.



Above – 2019 for consideration in Local Plan – Tunbridge Wells Bypass – likely to be abandoned.

Below – 1942 original proposal for a Tunbridge Wells Bypass – abandoned in 1945.

Above:  In 1942 it was considered necessary to investigate a bypass road for Tunbridge Wells  –  77 years ago!



Below the Ultimate Bypass for Tunbridge Wells, Pembury and Colt’s Hill
The added branch to the A21 at Longfield Road would relieve Pembury of the Industrial and Retail traffic from Tudeley & Paddock Wood.
It would also allow Tudeley & Paddock Wood traffic easier access to the A21 for Sevenoaks, London and the M25.
Without this link all the traffic destined for Sevenoaks, London & the M25 would probably access the A21 at Pembury.









Page compiled by Tony Nicholls