Planning for the future - Enhancing the present

The Pembury Society

Are you a Pembury resident who cares for your village?

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If so why not look through the information on this website, and join the Society. We have a steady membership and are always looking for new members. We also need more committee members to help us to achieve more for the village.

Come and join us and keep Pembury buzzing!

The Spring 2024 Members Meeting will be held on 24th April 2024 at St Peter's Church near the Green. Members free or £3 on the door. The guest speaker will be Dr Robert Bowes

The aims of the Pembury Society are;

  • The preservation and protection of the beauty and character of Pembury.
  • To promote and protect features of architectural and historic interest within the Pembury conservation area and throughout the village.
  • Through developing a community spirit, to encourage residents to take pride in Pembury as a safe and attractive place to live in.
  • Through the members of the Pembury Society, to ensure that an independent voice is heard in the right Quarters on those issues that are close to the Pembury Society aims.
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  • Origins of the Pembury Society
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    In the late 1960s Cyril Masterman, a retired gas engineer who is reputed to have invented the humble, but most useful, gas poker, came to live in Pembury and built for himself a wood-tiled bungalow near the Priory at Longhill in Romford Road.

    The site had attractive views. He soon found, however, that Pembury was being invaded by developers with grandiose schemes for large scale housing estates.

    He wrote a Plan for Pembury which was submitted to the Tonbridge Rural District Council which was at that time our Local Authority. This included a by-pass for the Maidstone Road with a fly-over at its crossing with Church Road. He appears to have had little support from the local authority and decided to try to form a Residents' Association as a pressure group.

    In 1973, partly because of the risk of confusion with the name of another village organisation, it was decided to change the name to the Pembury Society and recognition was sought from the Civic Trust. The Trust agreed to register the Society provided it was set up with a written Constitution approved by the Trust. This was done and the first formal meeting of the society took place in 1974.

    There is an old adage about anybody, everybody, nobody and somebody - Everyone said something should be done about "it", everybody said somebody would do it, but although anybody could have done it, in the end nobody did it.

    But Cyril Masterman appreciated the threat to Pembury and did something about it. There were planning applications for large developments along the Maidstone Road and elsewhere and he advocated a tight boundary around the built-up area, the northern relief road and the protection of trees. At the Appeal hearing on the Woodside Road development proposal, one of the developer's advocates complained, quoting The Merchant of Venice, "the lady doth complain too much"

    The lady in the case was our then chairman, Mrs. Holland, but she was quick to retort "but she won her case". This seemed to have some impact on the Inspector; the appeal was dismissed and Pembury was assured of some relief from the prospect of more estates of housing being developed. The Inspector was heard to remark that, for Pembury "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH",
  • Meetings

    The Spring 2024 Members Meeting will be held on 24th April 2024 at St Peter's Church near the Green - The guest speaker will be Dr Robert Bowes

    We hold two general members meetings including an AGM each year

    They are free for members and just £3 for visitors.

    Annual membership is just £5 per household

  • Pembury Society Projects
    Here are some of the projects that The Pembury Society has carried out or made contributions to over the years.
    • Bygone Pembury book. Funding and publishing
    • Partner in Neighbourhood Development Plan
    • Campaign to prevent Hendy development
    • Refurbishment of War Memorial
    • Archaeology on the village green
    • Historic Map on the village green. Research & funding
    • Various memorial benches around the village
    Archaeology on the Green - An ancient site of commerce in the Weald and the village and the site of a Blacksmiths forge.
    • Any old iron?

    •  The Black Horse

      The Black Horse

    •  The Camden Arms Hotel

      The Camden Arms Hotel

    •  The Camden Arms Hotel

      The Camden Arms Hotel

    •  Chrurch Porch at St Peter's Old Church

      Chrurch Porch at St Peter's Old Church

    •  Oasts of Downingbury Farm

      Oasts of Downingbury Farm

    • Downingbury Farm

    •  Margery Polley Memorial

      Margery Polley Memorial

    •  Historic Map

      Historic Map

    •  Historic Map

      Historic Map

    •  View across the green

      View across the green

  • Planning Matters - Comment & Links

    Notable Planning Applications

    One of the services provided by the Society is to actively monitor local planning applications affecting the Village and its surrounds. We check all applications and work to ensure they are suitable for Pembury and maintain the highest standards for village development. The ones we list are just some of those reviewed, but which might have a community interest, or where we as a Society have made some comment.

    The Society may express its opinion about planning applications but does not have any power or direct influence on outcomes. The most powerful influence on outcomes is from many and multiple objections from the local community to the planning department.

    We aim to ensure that apathy and disinterest of the public do not permit undesirable schemes to gain approval.
    You can send your comments direct to us at planning@pemburysociety.org

    PLANNING DATE ADDRESS TITLE STATUS DOCUMENTS TWBC
    23/02302 & 2303/FULL MON 4th September 2023 The Ranch UK Redwings Lane Pembury Tunbridge Wells Kent TN2 4AD Change of use of land from equestrian buildings to provide a gypsy traveller pitch (Retrospective) Awaiting decision CLICK FOR DOCUMENTS TWBC PORTAL ENTRY
    22/03534/LAWPRO TUE 12 Dec 2022 5 Lower Green Rd Pembury Tunbridge Wells Kent TN2 4DZ Lawful Development Certificate for siting of an ancillary temporary structure under the Caravan Act 1968 Approved CLICK FOR DOCUMENTS TWBC PORTAL ENTRY
    22/02947/FULL Tues 4th October 2022 Amberleaze, 2 Lower Green Road, Pembury, TN2 4PA Addition of new access drive with 2 parking spaces Awaiting decision CLICK FOR DOCUMENTS TWBC PORTAL ENTRY
    22/01964/FULL Thu 30 Jun 2022 8-9 Amberleaze Drive Pembury Tunbridge Wells Kent TN2 4HF Demolition of existing buildings and erection of four two-storey residential dwellings (two detached and two semi-detached) Approved CLICK FOR DOCUMENTS TWBC PORTAL ENTRY
    This recent planning vision from a developer contains a significant inaccuracy - that this proposal is backed by the Pembury NDP (Neighbourhood Development Plan). This is not correct - the area in question was outlined as 'suitable for development' in the TW area plan. The recently accepted Pembury NDP cannot challenge TW plans but any development proposals outside of these areas must consider the Pembury NDP. Neither the Pembury Society nor the Pembury Parish Council support this housing project.
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  • The Committee

    The current committee members are;

    • David Hanes - Chairman & Treasurer
    • Helen Castle - Secretary
    • Richard Snow - Publicity Officer
    • Kathryn Franklin - Planning Officer
    • Tony Nicholls - History Archivist
    • Peter Bruce - Website Manager
    • Brian Lawrence - Committee Member

  • Newsletter & Archive
  • Bygone Pembury Book
    We are very pleased to announce the publication of the second print run of our book "Bygone Pembury" still priced at £18.

    Over 300 pages of articles, postcards, photographs, maps, cuttings, advertisements and ephemera

    Written, compiled and edited by members of The Pembury Society and friends

    Published and Distributed by The Pembury Society

    Now available for purchase direct from us by email and also from Barnes-Kingsnorth Estate Agents or the Black Horse, both on the High Street, with our grateful thanks for their support.

    Please note that Barnes-Kingsnorth can only take payment by cheque or cash.

    Contact us at
    info@pemburysociety.org
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  • Pembury Past & Present - The Village in pictures

    The Village Today

    • Pembury St Peter's Old Church

    •  The Black Horse

      The Black Horse

    •  The Camden Arms Hotel

      The Camden Arms Hotel

    •  The Camden Arms Hotel

      The Camden Arms Hotel

    •  Chrurch Porch at St Peter's Old Church

      Chrurch Porch at St Peter's Old Church

    •  Oasts of Downingbury Farm

      Oasts of Downingbury Farm

    • Downingbury Farm

    •  Dundale Farm

      Dundale Farm

    •  Bentincks Farm

      Bentincks Farm

    •  High Weald Farmland

      High Weald Farmland

    •  Fletchers Farm Oast

      Fletchers Farm Oast

    •  Marlborough Wood

      Marlborough Wood

    •  Footpath to Dundale Road

      Footpath to Dundale Road

    •  Footpath to Pembury

      Footpath to Pembury

    •  Footbridge

      Footbridge

    The Bygone Village

    • The Green

    •  The Green

      The Green

    •  The Green

      The Green

    •  The Green

      The Green

    •  The Green

      The Green

    •  The Green

      The Green

    • Hastings Road

    •  Hastings Road

      Hastings Road

    •  Hastings Road

      Hastings Road

    •  Hastings Road Garage

      Hastings Road Garage

    •  Hastings Road

      Hastings Road

    •  Henwood Green

      Henwood Green

    •  High Street

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    •  Kent College

      Kent College

    •  Lower Green Road

      Lower Green Road

    •  Lower Green Road

      Lower Green Road

    •  Lower Green Road

      Lower Green Road

    •  Pembury Hall

      Pembury Hall

    •  Pembury Hall

      Pembury Hall

    •  Pembury Ware

      Pembury Ware

    •  Petrol Station

      Petrol Station

    •  Post Office

      Post Office

    •  Pembury Postcard

      Pembury Postcard

    •  Pembury Postcard

      Pembury Postcard

    •  Pembury School

      Pembury School

    •  Pembury School

      Pembury School

    •  Margery Polley Memorial

      Margery Polley Memorial

    •  Margery Polley Memorial

      Margery Polley Memorial

    •  War Memorial

      War Memorial

    •  Woodsgate

      Woodsgate

    •  Woodsgate

      Woodsgate

    •  Woodsgate Colour

      Woodsgate Colour

    •  Woodsgate Cafe

      Woodsgate Cafe

    •  Woodsgate Swimming Pool

      Woodsgate Swimming Pool

    •  Woodsgate

      Woodsgate

    •  Workhouse

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    •  Workhouse

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    •  Workhouse Chapel

      Workhouse Chapel

    •  Workhouse Entrance

      Workhouse Entrance

    •  Workhouse Mens Exercise Yard

      Workhouse Mens Exercise Yard

    •  Workhouse Plan

      Workhouse Plan

    •  Workhouse

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    •  Workhouse Cells

      Workhouse Cells

    •  Workhouse Chapel

      Workhouse Chapel

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    •  Almshouses

      Almshouses

    •  Great Bayhall

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    •  Black Horse

      Black Horse

    •  Brickworks

      Brickworks

    •  Bo Peep

      Bo Peep

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    •  Cafe

      Cafe

    •  The Camden Arms

      The Camden Arms

    •  The Camden Arms

      The Camden Arms

    •  Canterbury Road

      Canterbury Road

    •  Baptist Church

      Baptist Church

    •  Baptist Church

      Baptist Church

    •  St Peter's Old Church

      St Peter's Old Church

    •  St Peter's New Church

      St Peter's New Church

    •  Coach Road View

      Coach Road View

    •  Dower House

      Dower House

    •  Garage

      Garage

  • Pembury NDP - Neighbourhood Development Plan

    Response from The Pembury Society

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    Below is a copy of the development areas in Pembury which have been proposed in the Tunbridge Wells area local plan. As you can see it largely fills in any area up to the A21 bypass. We still only have one surgery and one school.
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  • Tunbridge Wells Area Matters
    This page is for Tunbridge Wells area documents concerning the wellbeing of Pembury Village

    Below is a copy of the route of the 1945 Tunbridge Wells bypass plan (solid red) which would have eliminated much of the torturous traffic problems we have had ever since. We have added a variation of the route to utilise existing roads for minimised impact.

    It links the A21 to the A26 around the western and southern sides of the town effectively creating a ring road and avoiding the heavy through traffic that blights the character of an otherwise elegant Spa town.

    Much of the land required is still undeveloped.
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    Below is a traffic impact study based on the Tunbridge Wells area local plan.
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    Below is the Pembury Society's ideas to alleviate these traffic increases, at minimum impact and cost. Click on the image to download a PDF version.
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  • Membership
    Why not become a member of the Pembury Society? For just £5 per annum you get all the benefits of the society looking after your interests as a resident of the Village.

    You can choose how to pay - either email info@pemburysociety.org or by Standing Order by following the links below, or via post;

    THE PEMBURY SOCIETY
    C/o Pembury Parish Council Office
    Lower Green Road
    Pembury
    TN2 4DZ

© Copyright - The Pembury Society 2023 - Contact us direct - chairman@pemburysociety.org or via the contact page