27.10.02 & 10.11.02 - Letters to the Planning Department, TWBC - Lynne Tucker

Lynne Tucker York Road, Tunbridge Wells

Nigel Eveleigh,
Planning and Building Control Services, Town Hall
Royal Tunbridge Wells

27 October 2002

Dear Mr Eveleigh,

TELEPHONE HOUSE DEVELOPMENT - CALA Homes' Scheme of Works (October 2002)

I refer to the leaflet "Making your opinion count" which was attached to your recent notification letter. I was astounded by the explanation of "7. What are Planning Issues?"

All these points were taken up a long time ago by residents and very often elaborated on. These issues were obviously not taken into account for the development and it is astonishing how many are still valid for the Scheme of Works.

Here are the ones which I think should be considered:

I have used all your valuable arguments and found most of them point to one direction: The Scheme of Works must be refused.

Yours sincerely,
Lynne Tucker ( Miss )

10 November 2002

Dear Mr Eveleigh


Having had no response yet to my previous letter dated 27 October I wish to elaborate on the final point.

I understand that the trees on York Road side are scheduled to be felled at the first stage of the demolition process. I have this information from CALA's anticipated material deliveries and distribution scheme - but could find no reference of it in the Scheme of Works.

Nowhere can I find in the Inspector's decision that felling the trees is a requirement, but I read in para 11:
"No development shall take place until there has been submitted to and approved by the local planning authority a scheme of hard and soft landscaping, which shall include indications of all existing trees and hedgerows on _the land, and details of any to be retained, together with measures for their protection in the course of development.

The Local Plan Review 2nd Deposit Copy 4.156 and 6.91 and the Conservation Area Appraisal certainly highlight arguments for the protection of the trees. Furthermore TPO issues are well presented for the next WAPC meeting 13 November (TPO 3 1/2002).

Going through the history of the site. I realise that BT had planted the trees under a condition. Reason given: "Section 59 Town and Planning Act 1971 and to protect and enhance the appearance and character of the site and locality." BT had to maintain them for 10 years. At the same time they had a planning application running to build on the York Road site further offices. My conclusion is that had they executed this planning consent the trees would have been integrated.

As another argument the Rights of Light issue of some neighbours opposite the development should surely be taken into your decision, as an injunction would void the Inspector's planning consent.

For all these reasons I object to the felling of the trees as part of the strategic programme site set up.
A Tree Preservation Order should be granted immediately, to leave the possibility of integration open for the time being.

Yours sincerely.
Lynne Tucker ( Miss )

cc: Cllr Roy Bullock
cc: Telephone House Neighbours Association

Objections to CALA Homes Second Scheme of Works for the Telephone House Development

Is CALA Homes really going ahead with THAT scheme?