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What development will look like along Mount Pleasant Road

THE developer who hopes to build 166 care homes on the site of the former ABC cinema in Tunbridge Wells, has submitted his plans to Council.

Retired Villages Group (RVG)which is owned by AXA, has submitted a formal planning application to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for its proposals on Mount Pleasant Road, bringing the location closer to the town center which has stood empty for more than 20 years one step closer to building.

RVG’s plans are for a new later life community, also includes on-site amenities, including a hydrotherapy pool, spa or gym, which will be open to the public on a membership basis.

A new public space is also proposed for the site, which includes a landscaped central courtyard for residents and the wider community.

RVG’s new development will also see the ground floor overlooking Mount Pleasant Road and Church Road transformed into nine retail units for local independent businesses.

The submission of the planning application follows consultation with the local Tunbridge Wells community in the spring.

RVG’s proposed scheme responded to consultation comments with design changes and improvements to the façade at the Church Road/Mount Pleasant Road junction, including a reduction in height and the inclusion of windows and hinges additional.

Caroline Keiller, Head of Development at Retirement Villages Group, said: “We are committed to delivering viable development to bring this long dormant site back to life and bring long-term benefits to the town centre.

“Our program will provide an attractive housing option for seniors who not only want to downsize, free up family-sized homes, but also want to stay active in their community close to their network of family and friends.”