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Planning permission has been granted for 309 new homes in Paddock Wood on the site of Mascalls Farm, near the junction of Badsell Road and Maidstone Road.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s planning committee voted to approve the plans in a meeting on February 14.  For more details visit our NEWS page.

Paddock Wood library is closed between 19th February and Tuesday 6th March.  The library is having new technology installed which will aid additional opening hours.  As well as this, new lighting and front doors will also be fitted.  

Paddock Wood Town Council are looking for additional members of the public to join the Community Centre working party.  If you are interested in helping with this exciting project please contact the Town Council on 01892 837373 or email paddockwoodtc@btconnect.com.

Arriva Buses will be answering queries about the restoration of the local bus service and handing out new timetables at the Day Centre on Wednesday 21st February between 4 and 7pm.  

 

Paddock Wood is a small town with a population of 8,253 (according to the 2011 census) which lies between Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. Unlike many of the surrounding villages Paddock Wood is comparatively new and owes its existence to the railway, which arrived in 1842.

By 1851 a sizeable village had grown and by 1900 Paddock Wood was the hub for a network of branch lines throughout the Weald.

It was the railway that brought the thousands of hop-pickers to the area from London for their annual hop-picking holiday. Although some travelled on to other areas, Paddock Wood was becoming the centre for the hop growing industry so many remained in the area.

Ideally located for London and the South Coast, Paddock Wood has become a busy commuter town. There is a diverse range of commerce and light industry, and it is the centre for the distribution of fruit and vegetables to and from Europe. It also continues to be a centre for hop growing.

As a small rural town Paddock Wood has much to offer including an interesting range of local shops, good schools and excellent sports facilities.