Retiree community planned for the former ABC cinema site in downtown Tunbridge Wells


New plans are underway for the horror of Tunbridge Wells.

The Retirement Villages Group has drawn up preliminary plans to build up to 180 apartments, a cafe, restaurant and health facilities at the ABC cinema site in Tunbridge Wells.

Feasibility plans have already been presented to all members of Tunbridge Wells City Council.

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The group, which is owned by global asset manager AXA IM Real Assets, builds complexes for the elderly across the country, with South Chailey in East Sussex being the closest to Tunbridge Wells.

Retirement Villages Group has signed an agreement to purchase the 1.5 hectare site, subject to a building permit.

The cinema closed in 2000 and a succession of owners failed to develop the site, which is flanked by Mount Pleasant and Church Road.

The last failed project were senior apartments with mixed shops and a cinema which was abandoned this year by Elysian Residencies.

James Ahearne, Director of Development for Retirement Villages Group, said: “This site fits with our vision for the future of retiree life which is centered on integrated community living close to city centers.

“We will be working closely with council officers, members and the community at large to secure a building permit and begin to transform a horror into a vibrant community center.”

A public consultation on the proposals will take place in 2022, with more details to be confirmed in the new year.

Groupe Villages Retraite is a developer and long-term operator of integrated retirement communities.

Founded in 1981, it developed the first such community in the UK and today the company operates 2,000 free-standing homes from 16 locations across the country.

He said his places create living spaces to support positive and healthy lifestyles for people over 70 who are linked to “thriving local communities” with “personalized support on hand in the event of a crisis. need”.

Tunbridge Wells City Council Deputy Chief David Scott said: “I am personally very excited about this development and thank everyone who has worked hard to secure this key development and AXA’s full financial support for it. Stadium. I can’t wait for the projects to end.


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