Knights Wood feels like home for the first residents of Dandara’s stunning development in Royal Tunbridge Wells

Knights Wood feels like home for the first residents of Dandara’s stunning development in Royal Tunbridge Wells
17 MAR 2016

As the first owners settle in, this collection of brand new homes looks a perfect fit for its tranquil woodland setting.

Situated close to 200 acres of ancient woodland near Royal Tunbridge Wells, the new residents of Knights Wood are settling into a new life in their brand new homes by award-winning developer Dandara.

Nearly all of the residents of the first phase – known as The Avenue – have moved in and a sense of community has begun to emerge.

The new homes at Knights Wood are designed to offer the best in modern living – built to Dandara’s exacting standards of impeccable design, quality and attention to detail. Many of the new residents have expressed their delight that the development’s Marketing Suite is a true representation of their new home.

Our first Dandara home

One of the new residents, Heather Rhodes, lived in Southborough with her young son before moving to Knights Wood in November. Speaking of their decision to relocate, Heather said,

We had grown out of our apartment in Southborough and needed some more space and a garden for my little boy. My cousin mentioned Knights Wood and from the moment we visited for the first time to see it for ourselves, we didn’t really consider moving anywhere else!

Key factors for us were the affordability of the homes at Knights Wood, plus the fact that a new primary school is being built here – that’s a real draw. This is the first time we’ve lived in a Dandara home and the car barn and driveway are just two of the things that I’ve enjoyed about it so far.

Ms Rhodes said she feels as if they live in the countryside, but can still commute to London for work,

I can still use the same station, so my commute is exactly the same as before. Plus, it is great to come home to such peace and quiet.

It has been the depths of winter since moving in, so we haven’t done too much exploring yet – but we’re looking forward to longer, lighter days and exploring the wooded areas nearby. I do rather like having John Lewis and M&S on my doorstep though!

Skinners’ Kent Primary School

The proximity of Knights Wood to High Brooms station has undoubtedly been a big draw for many, as has the development of a new school. Work on Skinners’ Kent Primary School (SKPS) continues to progress well, with the school due to move to its purpose-built facilities at Knights Wood by September 2016.

SKPS opened in September 2015 in temporary premises at the nearby Skinners’ Kent Academy on Blackhurst Lane. SKPS currently has a Reception and Year One class, with an additional 30 children due to be welcomed in the next academic year.

Gemma Fairclough, Acting Head Teacher says,

Our pupils have settled very well and are already making excellent progress this year. They all look smart in their uniform and visitors to the school have commented on this, and also how engaged they are with their learning. Feedback from parents has been extremely positive and they feel empowered by their involvement with their child’s learning. All of the staff are incredibly proud of our school and our pupils are looking forward to moving into our new building at Knights Wood later this year.

Woodland Management Plan

Residents looking forward to exploring the ancient Kentish woodland that surrounds Knights Wood will be pleased to know that a ten-year Woodland Management Plan has been created by Dandara, in partnership with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Designed to increase the biodiversity of the woodland and improve public access, the Plan is now approved and work commenced in January this year.

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