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Press Release

27 September 2018

Please find below an update on the Southborough Hub development.

Plans for the Southborough Hub will be discussed at Southborough Town Council on the evening of the 27 September 2018. The plans previously submitted and agreed by planners have had to be revised following cost increases that have led to the current consented scheme being over budget. The new plans reflect the previous aspirations for the facility and include a hall/theatre, community rooms, GP surgery, library, football pavilion and council facilities. Final sign off on the plans will be done by the Project Board, this is made up of Kent County Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Southborough Town Council who will agree to submit the plans for planning approval and this will take place in the next few weeks.

Revised plans will be available from the 28 September onwards on the following website:

The project has saved costs through predominantly cutting back on generous areas of circulation space which delivers little in terms of tangible benefits to the scheme. In addition the café has been removed as the business case for it no longer stacks up given the four cafes now open on the high street and the potential for a further one next door on the Crest Nicholson scheme. The facility will however consider meeting customer needs for a café via a high quality self-service machine and comfortable seating.

The hall remains as before, a flexible space able to accommodate up to 350 people with tiered retractable seating and the building will allow for multi-location pop up bars for use during events and shows. The community rooms and football pavilion have slightly increased in size to the benefit of the wider public. The GP surgery remains within the scheme as before but has had further input from NHS England. While progress continues to be made on this front, this area remains the last outstanding major risk to the project being fully funded and we are hopeful of securing the final funding elements within the coming months.

The previous design’s look and feel was very distinctive and would have made the building a clear landmark in Southborough. While this to a degree did contribute to some diverging local opinions, the Southborough based architects have made changes to ensure the new designs give a form and shape which is more traditional. They have also managed to create a larger square between the Hub and the housing by pushing the facility further north thus increasing the size of the public realm and accentuating the building and clearly defining it as a civic facility, surrounded by a suitably large civic space.

Work on site has now begun to put in the spine road, the parking, gas, water, drainage and electric connections for the Hub. Baxall have been appointed to deliver the main build and the engineering works on the fields are also now complete. The Council is also currently making good progress in negotiating heads of terms with the football club for their lease on the football pavilion and the club continues to improve on their fund raising target.

Cllr Ian Kinghorn said “The re-design was never about starting the project again, it was about refining the current scheme that we already had and sticking as close as possible to what was already consented. To that end, I am pleased with what the architects have done and consultation with the public can now start and will be based on the planning process, with any further minor refinements happening once we receive feedback.”

Jonathan White
07988 375334

2nd Floor Invicta House
ME14 1XX


Southborough Community Hub Development Consultation Analysis Report

Following the Consultation on the development of the Southborough Hub, the results were analysed by an independent Company.

To view their report, please click on the link. Southborough Hub Consultation Report


Equality Impact Assessment

To see the latest update click the link.


Please note – Minutes with a ‘d’ beside them indicate that these are draft and may be amended at the next meeting.

Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Project Board Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.

29.06.2015          05.08.2015         09.09.2015         05.11.2015          19.01.2016 

01.03.2016          04.04.2016         05.05.2016         07.07.2016          21.07.2016

06.10.2016          07.12.2016         24.01.2017         13.03.2017          15.05.2017

17.07.2017          01.11.2017         31.01.2018          06.03.2018          26.04.2018


Redacted minutes of the Southborough Hub Working Group Meetings – It is necessary to take out any commercially sensitive information.

04.09.2013          04.11.2013          13.12.2013          04.04.2014          03.06 2014        

02.09.2014          30.09.2014          02.12.2014          06.01.2015          03.03.2015          

28.04.2015          02.06 2015          14.07.2015          01.09.2015          06.10.2015

03.11.2015          01.12.2015          05.02.2016          01.03.2016          05.04.2016

06.05.2016          07.06.2016          07.07.2016          02.08.2016          02.09.2016

05.10.2016          02.11.2016          02.12.2016          10.01.2017          02.02.2017

03.03.2017          04.04.2017          06.06.2017          04.07.2017          15.08.2017

05.09.2017          03.10.2017          07.11.2017          05.12.2017           06.02.2018

06.03.2018          01.05.2018          05.06.2018          07.08.2018

Collaboration Agreement (signed 04.07.2016)

Southborough Community Hub – Viability Presentation (03.10.14)

Draft Business Plan (24.04.17)

Risk Register  (21.09.18)