Tonbridge is a town on the up!
With a population of around 40,000, Tonbridge has seen really positive developments in recent years, which have created an attractive urban environment. With careful management of the available development locations around Tonbridge, there has also been a focus on building new homes on brownfield sites near to the town centre to encourage greater footfall and spend on the High Street and take advantage of the easy commute in to London via Tonbridge Station.
In 2014, the Tonbridge High Street Regeneration Initiative was awarded a £2.62 million boost from the Government’s Local Growth Fund for a really exciting project that led to a much improved environment and townscape and the introduction of new traffic management measures to help the High Street function practically. The work was completed in June 2016 and the High Street is now much more pedestrian-friendly and is enjoying a growing café culture.
New commercial schemes include the renovated Old Fire Station, which has been transformed into a pop-up venue on the ground floor and new office accommodation above, as well as the arrival of new businesses such as M&S Food Hall, and exciting new independent eateries such as Saltwaters, Graze, Basil, Bakehouse at 124 and Beyond the Grounds Café. This growing trend towards high quality independents is set to continue with recent announcements showing the attractiveness of the High Street.
In addition, a £1.95m scheme of improvements to Tonbridge Town Lock was completed in May 2016, creating a fantastic new open space along the river and improved flood defences. Further improvements are scheduled for River Walk in 2017, which will open up the area to create a pleasant walkway along the River Medway, while works to transform the area around Tonbridge Station will create a more welcoming feel for visitors and commuters alike.
New residential schemes in Tonbridge include Waterside Reach, a development of 196 apartments and Blossom Park, comprising 132 homes. These have proved extremely attractive to the market, offering new residents a high quality of life and easy access to London.
Investment in training and education is vital to a sustainable local economy and at West Kent College and Hadlow College the borough has two renowned Further Education colleges delivering a wide range of practical and vocational courses that are geared towards supporting the needs of local businesses. There are also a range of high achieving grammar schools and private schools in the town, including the Tonbridge School which was founded in 1553.
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