Royal Victoria Place has submitted a planning application for a new entrance at Fiveways in the town centre. The application follows the approval of the multi-million pound retail and leisure extension at RVP and will provide a ‘modern and fresh’ entrance to the centre.

RVP Centre Manager Nicky Blanchard said: “Right from the start we have wanted to create something that will benefit the whole of Tunbridge Wells.

“Providing a modern retail face to RVP is key to ensuring a thriving town centre as well as giving customers and retailers a great experience. We believe this next phase of investment will provide a strong boost for the town centre.”

She added the application has been submitted before the start of the retail and leisure extension so that, subject to approval, the works could begin at the same time, minimising disruption to both shoppers and retailers.

“If successful our aim would be to get the project team working towards a start in the first half of 2018,”she said.

The importance of RVP as a focal point for the town was underlined when hundreds of shoppers enjoyed a weekend of Summer Fashion. The catwalk shows featured more than 30 of the centre’s top fashion, jewellery and accessory brands

RVP Marketing Manage Marc Burchett said: “Summer certainly did arrive at the weekend with temperatures hitting over 25 degrees which was perfect for showcasing the hottest new trends.”