Stepping stone to a village green for Tonbridge

February 10, 2019 by  

Barden Resident’s Association have successfully rebutted the council’s attempt to stop their move for River Lawn to be considered a village green.

In 2017, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council voted to sell the half-acre for residential housing and the Keep River Lawn Green (KRLG) has fought hard to thwart them.

Mark Hood, Chair of KRLG said the decision of Kent County Council to consider the land for village green status was good news. In 2013, Tunbridge Wells Council was blocked in a similar move when Kent County Council declared a site in High Brooms a village green and stopped development. Hood went on to say:

“It’s the stepping stone to having the pocket park that we wanted when we applied to have it as an Asset of Community Value.”

This small victory follows a challenging campaign by the KRLG to keep River Lawn within the community. Campaigners often use poster printing to raise awareness and support for their causes.

If this new vote designates village green status, the council will be unable to develop or sell the plot. The council attempted to stop the application on grounds of ‘development proposals’ but KRLG applied to Kent County Council for status change before the development plans were recognised.

A public consultation will run until March 16, at which point Kent County Council will announce its decision.