‘The Big Story’
Our story also featured prominently in an article on Kent Online, whom also got a rather sour-faced response from Hadlow Estate, you can read that here.
Our news coverage isn’t just being seen locally. We frequently get feedback from our supporters outside of TWBC and TMBC. Just recently, Nigel Tansley, a former member of our Executive who did much work in preparation for the Reg 19 consultation back in 2020, was in touch with us. He moved away from the area back in 2021. He also sent a letter to The Times of Tunbridge Wells in response to Hadlow Estate’s self-serving letter, in which he said:
“I would like to write in response to the letter from the Hadlow Estate (Times of Tunbridge Wells November 22) regarding the potential removal of the proposed Tudeley Village from the TWBC Local Plan, in which Hadlow Estate claim the development on their Green Belt fields and woodland is the long-term solution for the borough’s housing crisis.
The housing crisis, fuelled by an increasing population, is indeed still with us, but that does not mean that developments should be built in unsuitable locations. The benefits the Hadlow Estate list in their promotional material can be claimed by any developer, but recent history shows that in many cases the reality falls well short of the dream. Tudeley is relatively remote from any large town, certainly far enough that few people would consider walking or cycling – especially in the winter. For most journeys the car would be the solution. Tonbridge would bear the brunt of the demands of thousands of extra people, yet is not even in the same Borough.
For any large housing development to be sustainable it needs to be close to, or alongside, existing towns with the infrastructure to cope. The local campaign, Save Capel, provided a list of alternative locations where housing could potentially be built – such as along the A21 corridor near Tunbridge Wells, where the transport infrastructure required is largely already in place – without concreting over Tudeley’s good-quality farmland which will be desperately needed to feed our expanding population in the long term.”
Thanks for all your previous help Nigel and your continuing support from a distance.