Looking to Renovation or Extend Your Tunbridge Wells Home

When a spring pouring forth mineralised water was discovered in 1606, Tunbridge Wells' future as a fashionable spa town for the gentry was sealed. After Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I, visited for six weeks in 1629, the town became a major holiday destination for the upper classes – and its desirability hasn't waned since.

Originally a tree-lined walkway created for holidaymakers to stroll in the fresh air, the focal point of the town is the Pantiles, now home to an array of independent shops, art galleries, cafés, restaurants and bars, and host to regular events, from jazz and food festivals to a fortnightly farmers' and craft market. Lovely parks, very good schools, glorious countryside and beautiful houses from the Georgian period onwards make the town a firm favourite with all types of people.

Architects in Tunbridge Wells

Kent architects Bluelime Home Design have been creating and renovating homes in the county for more than a decade. We've worked on extensions, conversions and new homes across Whitstable, Dartford, Tunbridge Wells, Bromley and Bexley, and have earned a reputation for expert design, in-depth knowledge, reliability and quality. We've developed strong relationships with builders and council planning departments throughout Kent, so we can oversee the creation of your dream home from start to finish.

House prices in Tunbridge Wells

In February 2019, the average price for property in Tunbridge Wells was £493,175, including £455,610 for a semi-detached house, £381,676 for a terraced house and £285,690 for a flat. Prices fell 1.82 per cent in the previous three months.

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Planning applications in Tunbridge Wells

If you want to build, extend or alter a home, you will need to apply to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for planning permission. The fees for this are set by the government:

£206 for an extension

£462 for a new home, or a conversion of another type of building into a home (though nowadays some types of conversion don’t require planning permission).

You can get advice from the council before you submit your application, known as pre-application advice, to help ensure it meets the necessary criteria. The council charges as follows:

Alterations and extensions: £100 for a 20-minute meeting and a follow-up letter, or £75 for just a letter.

New homes: £200 for a 30-minute meeting and a follow-up letter, or £150 for just a letter.

You can also put in a request for the planning history of a site from 1974 onwards, which will cost you £40; any other research you ask the council to do, including planning history from before 1974, will cost £100 per hour.

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Contact us

If you'd like to talk about how we can help you create your dream home, call the Bluelime team at our Kent office on 01322 517588 or email us at fresh@bluelimeprojects.com.

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