The Decision was anounced on 3rd May 2019

Compulsory Purchase Order Decision

The Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (Calverley Square) Compulsory Purchase Order 2018
Compulsory Purchase of Land and New Rights in Tunbridge Wells, Section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Section 13 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 and The Acquisition of Land Act 1981

The Inspector has issued a Pre-Inquiry Note to explain the practical arrangements for the inquiry and the process and preparation of documentation.
Pre-Inquiry Note

The Inquiry opened at 10.00am on Tuesday, 12 February 2019.


On 19 July 2018, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council resolved to make The Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (Calverley Square) Compulsory Purchase Order 2018 (the “Order”) and the order was made on 20 August 2018.

The Order was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for confirmation by the Secretary of State on 6 September 2018. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is seeking confirmation of the Order to enable it to compulsorily acquire rights over the land included within the Order to facilitate the delivery of the comprehensive development of a new theatre, civic centre for the Council, offices, car park and public realm in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre. The Council considers that the development is likely to contribute to the promotion of the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area and that the proposals will provide significant social, economic and environmental benefits to Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding community. 

The public inquiry was held to consider the Council’s compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) for its Calverley Square development. The inquiry considered objections to these CPOs and hear evidence from both the Council and objectors.

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