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Tunbridge Wells £70m shopping centre extension backed

Artist's impression of the outside of the shopping centre extension Image copyright Hermes Investment Management
Image caption Plans to extend Royal Victoria Place shopping centre have been agreed

Plans for a £70m project to build new shops, a cinema and restaurants in a Kent town have been backed.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council have given planning permission for Royal Victoria Place to be extended by about 173, 000 sq ft.

It will see the corner of Calverley Road and Camden Road redeveloped and the refurbishment of the historic former Friendly Societies building.

Developers hope to make the centre a major "retail and leisure destination".

Image copyright Hermes Investment Management
Image caption The extension will include shops, restaurants and a cinema complex

Three buildings in the conservation area on Calverley Road and Camden Road will be demolished to make way for the extension.

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