ABOUT SAVE CAPEL

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has included 2,100 new houses in Tudeley in the plan period to 2038 (recently increased from 1,900) and 2,160 new houses in East Capel between Five Oak Green and Paddock Wood (recently increased from around 1,500) in its draft Local Plan.

The Save Capel campaign is raising awareness of the plans and gathering evidence and arguments to oppose the Tudeley and East Capel proposals in the TWBC Local Plan.​

The size and scale of the developments proposed in the Tunbridge Wells Local Plan are clearly going to be beyond anything Capel can cope with. The Parish of Capel is at serious risk of being ruined forever. We believe that there are other options that TWBC have available to them that would be much better for the environment and easier to implement with regard to infrastructure.

Our latest news

AGM 2022 – Update for members

Dear Members, I hope this update on the AGM finds you well and you have enjoyed the Summer. We are currently required to hold an AGM in September at which members can attend and vote on important...

Stage 2 of the inspector’s hearings – Who knows what he’s thinking?

Dear Supporters, As the latest round of the Stage 2 examination hearings have come to a close, including the two strategic sites of Tudeley Garden Village and East Capel/Paddock Wood, we wanted to...

“SECONDS OUT, ROUND 2” – IT’S STAGE 2 ACTUALLY!

Dear Supporters, I hope this finds you well and you have enjoyed the Easter weekend with more spring-like weather. Mr Birkinshaw has concluded Stage 1 of the examination and confirmed a revised...

MATCH DAY: SAVE CAPEL v TWBC

KICK OFF!!! - STAGE 1 The Local Plan Examination in Public starts on Tuesday 1st March at 10:00 at The Council Chamber, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS. It continues the next day at...

THE TWBC LOCAL PLAN EXAMINATION PROCESS IS UNDERWAY!

Dear Supporters, I hope this finds you well and you have had a positive start to 2022. This is the fourth and crucial year of our campaign to save our beautiful and historic parish, when the...

Five ways you can help us Save Capel

Sign our petition to show the strength of resistance to the plans for Capel

Pledge your financial support to help fund the most critical stage of our campaign

Make a donation to support the costs of saving Capel

Become a member and have your say in our camapign

Buy our exclusive Tudeley Tea

Save Capel in The Sunday Telegraph

Camilla Tominey writes an excellent article featuring in the Sunday Telegraph

The proposed area of development

Save Capel map of proposed development

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has Save Capel asked supporters to become members?​

Save Capel should be run democratically by members of the community, which is under threat.

This is achieved by electing the steering group, or executive as it is known.

Having an elected executive shows that those people who are leading the campaign have a mandate from the community to do so. This is something that has been challenged by external parties in the past.

To make that approach work fairly, ahead of the first election, campaign supporters were asked people to become members, to enable them to stand or vote in the election.

Membership is like being a shareholder in a business, who gets to vote on key executive roles and decisions.

The difference is there is no cost to becoming a Save Capel member as no shares need to be purchased. And membership is equal to all who wish to join; no advantage is gained from an increased number of shares.

This approach, which is typical of many voluntary and charitable organisations, also means that if enough of the members have significant concerns about how the campaign is being managed, there is a mechanism for them to challenge that.

If the Local Plan is just a draft proposal, why should I worry?

​The TWBC Local Plan will shape how Capel will change in the very near future. It is during this Local Plan preparation phase that we can have the most influence over shaping the future of Capel. Once the Local Plan is adopted, many of the big decisions will have been made, and our influence becomes more limited. It is very important that everyone has their say now.

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​Is “Saving Capel” just “Not in My Backyard”?

No. We welcome well thought out, good development. People need new homes and the Parish of Capel is a lovely place to live.

​The size and scale of the developments proposed in the Local Plan are clearly going to be beyond anything the area can cope with. Tudeley and the Parish of Capel are at serious risk of being ruined forever. There are other options that TWBC have available to them that would be much better for the environment and easier to implement with regard to infrastructure.

Supporters of garden communities, particularly those with substantial vested interests in their development, will dismiss opponents as “NIMBYs”. That term is  used to attack people who are defending their local environment by those who are seeking to profit from its destruction.