Peters Village developer Trenport has applied to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council to renew the consent for the community’s proposed medical centre.
“The planning permission granted in 2016 expired after three years, so it was obviously necessary that we re-submit to TMBC once the original had lapsed,” explained Trenport Director Chris Hall.
“The building’s design remains unchanged and we are unaware of any issues that might cause TMBC to withhold renewal, though planners may be as surprised as ourselves by frustratingly slow negotiations with the NHS to commit to a smart new building, which will ultimately serve the 1,000 homes of Peters Village and a catchment area beyond that too.
"Discussions continue and we are confident the NHS will sign up, but it could take until early next year to get things finalised with them.
“Trenport was required to provide a small medical facility at Peters Village to conform to the overall planning permission granted in 2006 by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, but this was significantly increased in size to the current design following discussions with local doctors who saw this as an opportunity to improve facilities for the wider community in the Medway Valley.
He added that the medical centre (see drawings below) was previously consented in 2016 (TM/16/00354/FL) as one of three applications for the centre of Peters Village; there was a separate application for retail units and one for a community centre, also approved in 2016, but both these were subsequently amended and approved by TMBC in 2018.
The new TMBC planning reference for the medical centre is TM/19/01949/FL.
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