17.10.02 / 21.10.02 - Correspondance CALA Homes (South), John Allan,
cc: CALA Group Ltd, Executive Chairman Geoff Ball

CALA Homes go into confrontation

After Policy H6(a) was taken out of the Draft Local Plan - 2nd Deposit Copy, on 16.10.02, residents took the chance to remind John Allan, manager of CALA Homes (South) that it might be time to follow up on his request to point out councillors and officers of TWBC who would be in favour of a revised scheme.
Residents believed that finally CALA Homes would seize the opportunity to work together with councillors, officers and residents towards a more acceptable development on the Telephone House site, Tunbridge Wells.


John Allan - CALA Homes (South)
cc: Geoff Ball, chairman, CALA Group Ltd.

17th October 2002

- Telephone House site: free from allocated Policy in Local Plan Review

Policy H6(a) in the Draft Local Plan is no longer a material consideration since yesterday. The allocation of the site has been deleted from the Draft Local Plan.

We feel that CALA Homes should now take the opportunity to revise Crest's plans and at the same time address some of our major concerns:

Would you please advise us of Schatunowski's investigative result regarding the extant Rights of Light?

Have you contacted Cllr Roy Bullock to find out how a revised scheme could be achieved with the support of officers and councillors?

Annemarie Topliss
The Telephone House Neighbours Association

The answer was unusually fast:

John Allan, Managing Director, CALA Homes (South) Ltd

The Telephone House Neighbours Association

21st October 2002

I refer to your e-mail on the 17th October 2002, the contents of which I note. I have of course discussed the contents of your message with Arthur Mann, and would respond as follows.

We were aware that the site had been deleted from the draft local plan as it is now a consented site with an agreed output of units between 2001-2006 which is now an integral part of the Council's housing land requirement for that period. In other words, 43 units are now expected to be delivered from the site during the aforementioned period.

Turning to the remainder of your note, I can confirm that we have instructed Schatanouski Brooks [read: Schatunowski Brooks] to liaise with Mr Ney of McBains Cooper over the issues pertaining to Mrs P Lobo's property at 40 York Road. We had some preliminary advice form Schatanouski Brooks [read: Schatunowski Brooks] when this matter was first discussed but nevertheless I shall now seek confirmation and clarification that the issues by yourself [Annemarie Topliss, 42 York Road] and Mrs Lobo are either correct or incorrect.

Turning to the final point in your letter, I have not contacted Councillor Roy Bullock to discuss the revised scheme for the site at Telephone House. This is due to the fact that the current scheme, as approved has ever increasing merit in town planning terms. Nothwithstanding the fact that it is now a comprehensive part of the Council's land allocation for 2001-2006, it also meets the latest government guidance in terms of density and appropriateness for sites exhibiting the characteristics that it does. I apologise if I was in any way misleading during my previous conversations with you and Councillor Bullock but we are proceeding with the design as approved by the planning inspectorate and hope to have all matters relating to that approval resolved in the near future.

Should you have any queries arising as a result of this letter then please do not hesitate to contact Arthur Mann in the first instance or myself at the above.

Yours sincerely
John Allan
Managing Director

It is business as usual with CALA Homes again

21st November 2002
After 1 month

Is CALA Homes really going ahead with THAT scheme?

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

The Telephone House Neighbours Association informs on CALA Homes (South) Development:
CALA Group acquired the controversial planning permission for the high density development of Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1, Kent.