Kent hotel plan approved despite local opposition


A new hotel in Kent has been given the go ahead, despite local neighbours’ concerns about noise.

The 56-bed hotel will be built on Salomons Estate in Tunbridge Wells, replacing two existing accommodation blocks built in the 1970s, after the project got the green light from councillors this week.

At the planning meeting, the proposal was nodded through despite complaints from neighbours who said the development would increase noise pollution in the valley, which is both Green Belt and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, from weddings and hostile environment training that goes on at the estate.

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Speaking to the Kent Courier, Clare Mercer, who lives in nearby, said: "If permission is granted it is important the council addresses outstanding issues."

She said the tranquillity of the area had been broken by weddings, marquee events and noise on the terrace, as well as the sound of explosions and screaming caused by training given to journalists preparing to work in warzones, as well as last year’s Father Christmas World.

But Southborough Town Council responded and said that the hope is for the new hotel to boost tourism in the area and two full-time jobs would be created as a result.