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Vital road improvement scheme will help to establish Knights Wood as an exclusive new destination in Royal Tunbridge Wells

Vital road improvement scheme will help to establish Knights Wood as an exclusive new destination in Royal Tunbridge Wells
24 MAR 2014

A stunning new collection of two, three, four and five bedroom family homes from an award-winning developer is set to breathe new life into the Tunbridge Wells property market and become one of the most sought-after destinations in this historic town.

Surrounded by beautiful, mature woodland but still easily accessible, Knights Wood will form part of an exciting development of the North Farm area of Tunbridge Wells, which will also be transformed by a major new road improvement scheme.

The area has experienced traffic problems in the past but anyone travelling along Longfield Road recently will have seen tree and shrub clearance works taking place.

This signals the start of Kent County Council’s £6.3 million North Farm Masterplan scheme, which will finally bring congestion problems to an end and deal with expected traffic growth over the next 10 years. Road construction begins in earnest in June with the widening of Longfield Road, creating a stretch of dual carriageway from the junction with the A21 to the Dowding Way roundabout. With a segregated lane for A21 traffic, this will substantially increase the capacity of Longfield Road, improving the flow of traffic in the area.

Other improvements include changing the Knights Park junction to a roundabout, replacing the traffic signals at the Kings Standing Way junction with a roundabout and switching the junction of Great Lodge Retail Park (home to PC World and DFS) from traffic signals to a free-flowing gyratory system.

A shared cycleway and footpath along the new dual carriageway stretch of Longfield Road will also be built, with a signal-controlled pedestrian/cycle crossing between Great Lodge and Kings Standing Way.

The new homes at Knights Wood are being built by Dandara, one of the UK’s largest independent property companies. Recognising the historical traffic issues in the area, Dandara worked closely with Kent County Council even before planning permission was granted, funding several traffic modelling studies.

This led to the development of the North Farm Masterplan, the implementation of which was only made possible by Dandara’s contribution of just under £3 million towards the total cost. The Masterplan also required the gifting of land in Dandara’s ownership, along with land owned by a number of other landowners and retail tenants in the area.

Disruption during the road improvements works is inevitable, however no road closures will be necessary and Kent County Council is liaising with businesses in the North Farm area to accommodate traffic management measures around their opening hours, delivery times and peak trade periods, wherever possible.

The North Farm Masterplan has also been designed to fit with either the refusal or go-ahead of the proposed dualling of the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury, with the result of a public enquiry expected imminently.

Main vehicle access to Knights Wood will be from Knights Way via Longfield Road, with the road improvements in Longfield Road due to be finished in time for the first homes to be completed at Knights Wood, expected early to mid-2015.

A high-level of interest at Knights Wood is anticipated, so to register your interest, please call 01892 800580 or visit www.knightswood.co.uk.

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