New Economic Regeneration Strategy for Tonbridge and Malling

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Last Updated: 22 Jul 2019 10:40am

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council now has approved a new Economic Regeneration Strategy for the period 2019-2023, which sets out a vision to ‘maximise the unique strengths of the local area to help create a resilient, dynamic and inclusive economy that fosters sustainable growth in the borough’.

In order to achieve this vision, the strategy sets out a number of key objectives, each underpinned by a number of activities:

  • Planning for economic growth through the delivery of new employment sites and the protection of existing sites - most notably through the Local Plan process.
  • Obtaining funding for key infrastructure, be it through developer contributions or Central Government - particularly in helping to bring forward flood defence schemes and much needed investment in our transport infrastructure.
  • Embracing the skills and work-readiness agenda, to help our young people obtain the right skills they need and to help residents find sustainable employment.
  • Creating an environment that supports local business, through the provision of networking events, information sharing, business advice and funding, and suitable premises.
  • Helping our town centres to become resilient during a time of change and evolve to meet the needs of the modern consumer.
  • Promoting the visitor economy to raise awareness of the fantastic tourism assets we have on our doorstep.
  • Supporting the rural economy and lobbying on broadband issues to ensure that our rural businesses do not get left behind.

Leader of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Nicolas Heslop, says: “Here at the Borough Council we are hugely positive about supporting our local economy. We want to help foster an environment in which local businesses can flourish, as we recognise the massive contribution they make to the economic well-being of the borough.”

For more information about any of the activities set out in the action plan or to get involved, please contact economic.regeneration@tmbc.gov.uk