Harmonious decision guarantees future of cottages
Source: Steve Loader
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council (TMBC) has approved an innovative change of use for two empty cottages in Peters Village.
Permission will see them transformed into an attractive nursery school, as requested by local people.
Standing in what is now Keepers Cottage Lane, the cottages originally acted as the gatehouse for historic Wouldham Hall, demolished in 1960, but once the home of the Peters family who owned and operated the Peters cement works and quarries, now revitalised as Peters Village.
More recently, the cottages served as a single private home known as Gardener’s Cottage and were bought by Trenport to incorporate into the overall Peters Village development. They have since stood empty for some four years, while major infrastructure work and housebuilding went on around them, but will now have a new lease of life.
Trenport Director Chris Hall was delighted by the outcome: “This is a great example of everyone working in harmony.
We originally proposed refurbishing the as quality offices, considering their Grade II listed building status – they were built in the 17th century.
“But local people suggested a kindergarten or nursery to support young families in Peters Village and this was endorsed by Wouldham Council.
Trenport is now actively marketing this opportunity.