Crest Nicholson Plc / Southgate Developments Ltd [BT]
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Appeal against refusal of consent for demolition of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells and erection of 43 flats with basement level parking on the Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Public Inquiry to be held in May 2001

TWBC Notification of appeal lodged - 19.12.2000
Appeal No. APP/M2270/A/00/1054946
Crest Homes (South East) Ltd. / Southgate Developments Ltd.
against the refusal of planning application No. TW/00/01474 - Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

THNA Appeal - Statement of Case by the Telephone House Neighbours Association 15.01.2001
Residents' opinions and views as presented to the Planning Inspectorate
  • Correspondence from Crest Homes (South East)
  • Analysis of the officers' report to the 2nd application for the meeting of the Western Area Planning Committee (18.10.00)
  • Layout of proposed blocks in comparision (actual site, first application, second application)
  • The Telephone House site left to deteriorate by BT within the Conservation Area
  • Correspondence referring to PPG3
  • Study: The group of trees on the Telephone House site
  • Study: The street and building line of York Road south side
  • Study: Parking Spaces in the Vicinity of the Telephone House
  • Study: Traffic Flow around the Church Road / York Road Block

TWBC Appeal - Statement of Case on behalf of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - 16.01.2001

TWBC Appeal - Proof of Evidence - Ruth Chambers, case officer, TWBC - March 2001
"The views expressed in my Proof of Evidence are intended to reflect those of the Members of the Committee and are not necessarily my own".

TWBC Appeal - Proof of Evidence - Peter Ashby, conservation architect, TWBC - March 2001

TWBC STATEMENT OF COMMON GROUND in respect of the appeal by Crest Homes (South East) and Southgate Developments Ltd concerning the redevelopment of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The 'Statement of Common Ground' is a written Statement prepared jointly by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) and the appellant. Its purpose is to set out the agreed factual information about the proposal. It is produced in parallel with the Proofs of Evidence and there is a strict mandatory timetable for submission to the Inspectorate. In essence the 'Common Ground' is defined by what is not in the Council's Statement of Case, which in turn flows from the reasons for refusal of an application.

In the Telephone House case, officers did not consult with Members prior to agreeing to the Statement of Common Ground. They had not even informed the chairman of Western Area Planning Committee, who realised too late, that the points which he and Members thought had been integrated in the Grounds for Refusal, were 'negotiated out'.

Crest Nicholson Appeal - Statement of Case on behalf of Crest Homes / Southgate Developments - 23.01.2001
Barton Willmore, as agent, stated: Notwithstanding TWBC Officer's recommendation Members (elected councillors) proceeded to refuse the application for Telephone House Development Tunbridge Wells. Barton Willmore insinuate that Members made a mistake in taking a democratic decision and not following civil servants' orders.

Public Inquiry Speeches of Members of the Telephone House Neighbours Association, Councillors, Archie Norman MP

contents 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.