Development site holds key to opening up riverside path in Tonbridge

31 October 2017

The Medway is clearly one of Tonbridge’s greatest assets and the Green Party supports giving the public as much access to the river as possible.

A development site in the centre of the town could hold the key to a continuous riverside walk, joining the north-east quarter to the centre.

A planning application has been submitted for the garage site in Lyons Crescent. The proposal would see the existing buildings replaced by 14 apartments. Documents submitted as part of the application mention the possibility of a “footpath along the river bank, connecting to the existing footpath” and a diagram shows this idea.

However, it is not clear from the drawings submitted whether a footpath is actually included in the proposal.

The Environment Agency’s response to the proposal calls for an 8 metre “buffer zone” beside the river.

There is a clear opportunity here to complete a continuous path along the north bank of the Medway, from the Big Bridge through the Mortley Close development and, with a pedestrian bridge over the river, beyond to Blossom Bank and the Cannon Lane retail sites.

The deadline for comments on the planning application is this Thursday 2nd. You can see all the documents and enter your comments online here