CALA Homes' sales campaign for 24 apartments in Chislehurst, Kemnal Park, Kemnal Road, BR7, is remarkable:

"This Christmas [ 2002 ] it's time to give yourself the present you've been dreaming of.
And now's the time to go shopping for that special gift, to enable you to enjoy our off plan prices for this Christmas.
Let us invite you to a special day, with a personal invitation, to the launch of our new development of easy living apartments. All the luxury apartments are set within their own gated grounds and each apartment is highly specified to cater to a very discerning audience. We'd like to offer you a warm reception in the spirit of Christmas, on either Sunday 30th November or Sunday 1st December.
Don't forget to put CALA on your list, come and see what could delight you this Christmas."

CALA Homes have a different Christmas gift for the Telephone House Neighbours:

After the deadline to comment their 3rd revision of the Scheme of Works (lodged with TWBC on 25 November 2002),
[which proved that CALA Homes are in a position to address many of residents' previous concerns]
- CALA appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against the refusal of their 2nd scheme by TWBC.

In residents' opinion the allowance of this 2nd scheme would endanger many listed properties and it is motivated only by profit and money is made off the back of the local community's misery.

Telephone House Neighbours secretly hoped that CALA Homes' Chairman, Geoff Ball, would end the year 2002 in taking an executive decision. It was expected he would stop the damaging and childish approach of his directors to adhere to an ill-conceived concept of a development which pleases no-one and is known to themselves as "hot potato" and "rotten apple".

Notification of CALA Homes' Appeal against Refusal of the 2nd Scheme of Works

Planning and Building Control Services
Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS

The Occupier
York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

23rd December 2002


PROPOSAL: Submission of scheme of work details in accordance with condition 15 of TW/00/01474

LOCATION: Telephone House Church Road Royal Tunbridge Wells

Following the decision of the Council to refuse permission for the above application Cala Homes (South) Ltd has lodged an appeal with The Planning Inspectorate.

The application was refused for the following reasons:-

  1. Based on the informatinon provided in the proposed Scheme of Works, it has not been demonstrated that sufficient protection will be given during the construction phases of the development to the residential amenities of occupiers of properties in York Road, in particular by virtue of the potential for the significant use of York Road for access to and egress from the site by construction-related vehicular traffic and for loading/unloading.

  2. The proposed Scheme of Works lacks the clarity and precision required to allow the accurate and effective monitoring of elements of the construction process in order to ensure adherence to the Scheme by the developer as required by Condition 15.

These are the same grounds of refusal as the first proposed scheme of works. This refusal was to have been the subject of an appeal, but this has now been WITHDRAWN. It is to be replaced with the current appeal about which I an now consulting you.

The appeal is to be decided at an Informal Hearing which you may attend, and take part in at the Inspector's discretion. You will be notified of the arrangements at a later date. If you are a disabled person and are concerned about special facilities being available, can you please contact the Council to confirm that proper provisions are in place.

Any comments which you may already have made will be copied and forwarded on the Planning Inspectorate and the Appellant(s) and will be taken in to consideration by the Inspector in deciding the appeal.

Should you wish to make any further comments, you should write to the Planning Inspectorate, Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN, quoting reference number: APP/M2270/A/02/1105424, to arrive no later than 20th January 2003. Representations received after this date will not normally be seen by the Inspector and will be returned.
Please note that you should send THREE copies of your comments to the Planning Inspectorate.
If you wish to receive a copy of the Inspector's report you should request this from the Planning Inspectorate.

Copies of the plans and documents deposited in connection with this appeal may be inspected at the Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN1 1RS between 8.30 and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, where you may obtain a copy of a free booklet 'Guide to taking part in planning appeals'.

Yours sincerely
Nigel Eveleigh
Head of Planning & Building Control Services

2nd Scheme of Works - Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells:

submitted by CALA Homes (South) to the Planning Inspectorate

Condition 15 of TW/00/1474 was imposed under Appeal decision APP/M2270/A/00/1054946. The Condition required the submission and approval, in writing of a Scheme of Works which is to show how dust will be controlled during both demolition and construction phases, which types of plant and equipment will be used on site and what measures will be taken to ameliorate .any noise problems, the sequence of construction, including details of construction access and whether Church Road, York Road or both are intended as the point of access for any particular stage; and details of the location of the 'construction compounds on site including arrangements for the parking, loading and unloading of ..all vehicles using the site. All operations carried out on the site are to be conducted in strict accordance with the approved Scheme of Works.

A Scheme of Works was submitted on the 9 October 2002 and registered by the Local Authority on the 11 October 2002. The Scheme of Works was discussed and clarified during further discussions and took into account other matters raised on an earlier Scheme of Works during discussions with local residents.

The Local Authority refused this application by delegated authority on the 25 November 2002.

It is considered that the Scheme of Works as submitted complies with the requirements of the condition as required by the Inspector.

It is considered that the Council is applying a stricter interpretation of the requirements of the condition than the Inspector intended or Circular 11/95 requires.

The main issue revolves around the use of York Road for construction traffic. The Inspector in his decision letter (Para 29) clearly states that:
"the total prohibition on the use of York Road for construction traffic is, in my view, unreasonable, although I acknowledge that demolition material can and should be removed by way of Church Road. Clearly some control is required in order to protect the amenities of the residents of York Road during the construction process. To this end I intend to impose a suitable condition which would require the submission and approval of a Scheme of Works which would amongst other things, identify which point of access would be used at any particular phase of the project."

The Scheme of Works submitted to the Council states that all demolition debris traffic will be off Church Road. It also identifies when the York Road and Church Road access/egress points will be used. Which is what the condition requires. The Scheme of Works also goes onto show how CALA Homes (South) Ltd will try to minimise the use of York Road and gives reasons why York Road will be used during the construction programme.

It is considered that the Council is incorrectly interpreting Condition 15 to the extent that its attempt to limit the use of York Road to an unqualified minimum level is jeopardising the project, which is not the purpose of the Condition.

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

Is CALA Homes really going ahead with THAT scheme?

Whom are we dealing with? - The developers of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells