Planning Permission Granted
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council granted planning permission on 15th July 2022, with a range of conditions.
The Council will need to discuss the implications of the conditions and future actions. This is likely to be at the November Full Council meeting.
New Community Centre Consultation – closed 1st March 2020
We had 90 consultation forms submitted either in hand, at the drop off points, by post or email. We received a total of 372 comments. Summary report: Community Centre Consultation Feedback Report – March 2020
Draft plans subjected to the consultation feedback report.
A phased approach
We are breaking the project into bite size chunks, and we need your input as we progress in stages.
General Background information
The current community hall, Copt Hall is thought to be beyond economical repair and does not meet the requirements of the village. We considered a range of locations for a new hall and know that the preference is near Highgate, however no sites near Highgate are available.
In January 2019 Hawkhurst Parish Council decided to build the new community centre at King George V Playing Field.
We then undertook a year of consultation which concluded in early 2020 – see Consultation Feedback Report
We have continued to engage the residents in the project at various village events and activities:
Village Fete – 26th June 2021
Farmers Market – 4th September 2021
U3A Picnic – 19th August 2021
Hawkhurst Parish Council will oversee each phase of the project.
Once the new community centre has been built, Hawkhurst Community Trust 2018, an independent community trust, will oversee the day to day operation of the new community centre. They have already started organising lots of events in the village – Link to Hawkhurst Community Trust 2018
If you have a question please visit Frequently Asked Questions.
Community & Sports Centre Committee
Between 2019 and 2022 a working group and then a committee managed the project. Given the importance of the project the Council decided that the Full Council would be the appropriate place to consider future decisions. This link is to the old committee agenda and minutes.