Decision details

Rural England Prosperity Fund

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Rural England Prosperity Fund is an addendum to the UKSPF providing funding between 2023/24 and 2024/25. The report sets out the allocation to Tunbridge Wells, identifying the focus on the rural area and proposed interventions.  A delivery mechanism across West Kent building on the previously successful LEADER programme is proposed.  The timescale of submission to Government by 30 November 2022 for approval is outlined. 




  1. That the Tunbridge Wells Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF) addendum be endorsed. 


  1. That the Head of Economic Development and Property in liaison with the Cabinet Member for Tunbridge Wells Town and Local Areas and the Cabinet Member for Rural Communities be delegated to approve any necessary minor changes to the REPF prior to submission, for the purpose of presentation or improving clarity be agreed.


  1. That the Head of Legal Services be authorised to complete all legal formalities, agreements, deeds and other documents as are necessary and/or incidental to the recommendations be agreed. 


REASON FOR DECISION:  To approve a West Kent wide REPF approach would enable the Council to submit the REPF in time for Central Government to consider and approve within the prescribed timescale, that would enable the Borough to benefit from funding and allow the Council to invest in the Borough over the next two years.


Report author: David Candlin

Publication date: 17/11/2022

Date of decision: 17/11/2022

Decided at meeting: 17/11/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 26/11/2022

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