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Press Release

16 June 2017

Here is an update on the Southborough Hub project.

The Tesco site and the rear of the Lloyds bank land has been purchased by KCC. The Lloyds building has been purchased by JVIP ltd who previously refurbished the old Flying Dutchman Pub across the road.

Demolition which is currently under way on the Hub site has been delayed due to issues with utility providers being unwilling to disconnect services in a timely manner. Onsite demolition should be complete in the next couple of weeks.

The residential development has been on the market and a purchaser has been selected. Negotiations are now underway and due diligence is being done prior to finalising the sale.

The preferred housing developer, Crest Nicholson, and the hub architects are working closely together to ensure suitable landscaping between the hub and the houses. Plans for the 69 new homes will go on display at a public exhibition at Southborough Library, from 3-8pm on Tuesday, 27 June.

Work is progressing on the detailed designs of the Hub that will allow the project to go out to tender for the construction of the facility. The project has engaged a theatre consultant to advise on specialist elements. The Assembly Hall Theatre team at Tunbridge Wells Council are keen to take on the running of the new hall/theatre for a trial period of two years, working with Southborough Town Council to assess demand and long term sustainability. This will be the subject of a report to Cabinet at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in September, when a final decision will be made.

Partners are working together on the detailed furniture requirements for the facility.

Working with the football club, the project continues to seek to secure FA Grant funding for the pavilion. A bid for up to £500k is expected in July subject to confirmation from the FA foundation on timelines.

The GP surgery is progressing however the NHS are seeking to include a number of additional services into the facility which could impact on timelines and are subject to further discussions.

Work is progressing with potential developers and landowners to determine whether adjacent facilities in need of improvements can be done in tandem with the project coming forward.

The project will seek to enter into agreements for lease with the shop, café, football pavilion, community/theatre element and GP surgery before the contract to build the facility is signed. The project has received numerous approaches on many of these elements and will be dealing with them in due course.

The draft S106 agreement is ready to be signed so that the planning can be validated. It cannot currently be signed as the land it binds is still owned by TWBC and the borough cannot enter into a contract with itself. KCC will need to call the TWBC land once demolition of their buildings has been completed, the S106 can then be signed and the planning is validated.

Further information will be announced on how you can have your say on the various conditions within the planning application, including the cladding for the building.

Thank you for your continued interest in the project.

Many thanks

Jonathan White
Projects and Operations Manager
2nd Floor Invicta House
Kent. ME14 1XX

03000 417198
07988 375334


Southborough Community Hub Development Consultation Analysis Report

Following the Consultation on the development of the Southborough Hub, the results were analysed by an independent Company.

To view their report, please click on the link. Southborough Hub Consultation Report


Equality Impact Assessment

To see the latest update click the link.


Please note – Minutes with a ‘d’ beside them indicate that these are draft and may be amended at the next meeting.

Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Project Board Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.

29.06.2015          05.08.2015         09.09.2015         05.11.2015          19.01.2016 

01.03.2016          04.04.2016         05.05.2016         07.07.2016          21.07.2016

06.10.2016          07.12.2016         24.01.2017         13.03.2017          15.05.2017


Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Working Group Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.

04.09.2013          04.11.2013          13.12.2013          04.04.2014          03.06 2014        

02.09.2014          30.09.2014          02.12.2014          06.01.2015          03.03.2015          

28.04.2015          02.06 2015          14.07.2015          01.09.2015          06.10.2015

03.11.2015          01.12.2015          05.02.2016          01.03.2016          05.04.2016

06.05.2016          07.06.2016          07.07.2016          02.08.2016          02.09.2016

05.10.2016          02.11.2016          02.12.2016          10.01.2017          02.02.2017

03.03.2017          04.04.2017          06.06.2017          04.07.2017d

Collaboration Agreement (signed 04.07.2016)

Southborough Community Hub – Viability Presentation (03.10.14)

Draft Business Plan (24.04.17)

Risk Assessment (03.04.17)