Sherwood to be transformed with 2020 Vision

Plans to help transform the Sherwood area of Tunbridge Wells will take a step closer when the 2020 Vision for Sherwood is launched to the community on Saturday 13 March.

Organisations which work in the area will be asked to sign a pledge to local people which would see the ageing estate turned into a vibrant community with much stronger links to surrounding areas.

Town & Country Housing Group and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will be working closely with local residents and key stakeholders, such as Kent County Council, to put together an ambitious ten-year plan.

The 2020 Vision for Sherwood includes:

  • More homes to meet the needs of a wider mix of residents.
  • Better use of some of the bits of unused land which are dotted around the area.
  • Improved links to Knight’s Park and the North Farm Industrial Estate, to make them easier to reach for leisure and employment opportunities.
  • Better links to High Brooms Station for commuters.
  • An increase in the leisure facilities available to local people including the proposed purchase of Greggs Wood and its lake to become a community nature reserve.
  • Improving people’s economic and social well-being.
  • Building on the success of the ‘Team Sherwood’ approach where different organisations work closely together to provide ‘joined-up’ services.

Town & Country’s operations director Paul Turton said: “The estate at Sherwood was designed for an era long gone – now we want to create a desirable community for the 21st century.”

“It was built as an estate of family homes most of which look and feel the same. We want to create a lot more variety of design and house types, with more homes for older people, young people and commuters.

“We also want to improve the older homes, bring them up to modern standards of energy efficiency and save people money on their fuel bills.

“In recent years Sherwood has become an increasingly popular place to live and we want to continue this. We have the vision, now the hard work starts on the detailed plans which will make it a reality,” said Mr Turton.

The 2020 Vision will be launched at the ‘Let’s Dig for Sherwood’ event which runs from 10am to 4pm at Sherwood Park School. A community allotment is to be created in the grounds of the school by volunteers and the Food4Thought team.

Launching the 2020 Vision at this event will emphasise that environmental issues will be at the heart of every part of it.

Jonathan MacDonald, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s director of regeneration and sustainability, said: “Tunbridge Wells Borough Council supports the regeneration of the Sherwood area and looks forward to working with Town & Country Housing Group and partners, to achieve the aspirations of the local community.”