A TONBRIDGE grotspot which has been empty for more than five years is set to be demolished. Sovereign House, in the heart of the town, has been left locked up and derelict since the former publishing offices, built in the 1980s, closed its doors.
The site has attracted interest from developers in the past. In 2007, councillors threw out plans for 337 flats in a 15-storey tower.
In December 2010, previous owners Orchid developments gained permission for two different proposals, which was heralded by local councillors as a landmark step in Tonbridge's regeneration.
But after two years and no progress being made with Orchid's plans, the plot was put up for sale in January this year.
Chris Sparks, land director for Redrow Homes in the south east, said: "The site already has detailed planning permission for 196 apartments. Subject to a review, we will be looking to implement the existing planning consent to meet strong demand for new homes in Tonbridge.
"The development will also include parking provision for residents and extensive landscaping.The location benefits from excellent local amenities including a neighbouring Waitrose supermarket. Future residents will be within walking distance to the town centre and train station.
"Redrow is already well known in Tonbridge for our Cannons Wharf development…. We now look forward to delivering a new collection of contemporary apartments, off Sovereign Way, with a bespoke design created for this location and high specification interiors to meet the demands of modern life.
"In addition, the proposed development will boost the local economy with the creation of jobs during construction and bring wider economic benefits to existing shops and facilities as it brings new residents to the area."
Martin & Co were by far the busiest letting agent at Canons Wharf- we look forward to this new development which will provide further great opportunities for investors, looking to take advantage of the growth of Tonbridge, as a town of choice for commuters and residents looking for quality of life at affordable prices.