Kent's first AirHop Trampoline Park set to open in Tunbridge Wells

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A trampoline park can be built in an old printing factory in Tunbridge Wells after councillors gave it a jump start. AirHop will open its only venue in Kent at North Farm Road.

Tunbridge Wells borough councillors granted change-of-use permission at a planning committee meeting last week. Joe Upstone, regional manager for AirHop, who lives in the town, said that while core users were aged between six and 14, customers ranged from a few months old to people in their 90s.

He said there was “a significant amount of support from local people excited to have this facility, which offers a diverse range of activities in the area”. He said Airhop was the fastest growing operator in the sector, now with 18 sites.

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“We have been looking for an appropriate site in the area for a long time,” Mr Upstone told last Wednesday’s meeting. “Having successfully operated a site nearby in Tonbridge which closed three years ago, approving our application tonight will enable us to return to the area and occupy a vacant building.”

He said the park would create between 50 and 60 jobs. Councillor Alex Britcher-Allan said she was “really pleased” to see the plans.

“I know it has been sorely missed from Tonbridge,” she said. “And it’s nice to see an active, away from screens, physical activity.

“It’s really nice to see this come in and a really good use in the industrial estate as well adding to a good mix down there. I am very supportive of it.”

Cllr Hugo Pound said: “I too support the application. I think it’s very good news and I do wonder whether, slowly but surely, that industrial estate is going to develop more into a leisure and fun park for young people which would be a good transition from what it is at the moment.

“And if that’s the case, and I’ve already spoken to officers about it, we as a council do need at some point to have a discussion with Kent County Council about the safety of crossing the road from the station, crossing the road at the bottom of High Brooms Road and Chapman Way.”

The application was approved unanimously.

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