Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has offered its support to U+I to transform unused land in Kent into a new green business community centred on sustainability and wellbeing
The new business community aims to address a severe shortfall of office and industrial provision in the area.
Kingstanding, located 3.5 miles from Tunbridge Wells town centre, will comprise flexible, employment and industrial space to cater for a variety of different businesses.
The buildings will have sustainability and wellbeing at the forefront of the design.
The scheme, which has been designed by Scott Brownrigg, sits on underused developable land within the greenbelt and will centre on a reinvigorated pond – providing biodiversity net gain.
U+I’s plans will see the delivery of nearly 800,000 sq ft of flexible warehouse and office accommodation.
Workspace inspired by the outdoors
Richard Upton, chief development officer, U+I, said: “U+I is now a step closer to unlocking the potential in this unused green belt land just outside Tunbridge Wells town centre into a thriving new business destination and community space, with nature and wellbeing at its heart.
“With demand for office and industrial space far outstripping supply, Kingstanding will attract firms from a range of backgrounds to work in a workspace inspired by the outdoors and fit for the modern era.
“It will also create over 4,000 new jobs in the local community, stimulating economic growth.”
The resolution to grant planning consent was made unanimously at a virtual committee on Wednesday 23 September.
U+I now has nine weeks to resolve matters relating to the final highways assessment in order to secure full planning approval.