Telephone House, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells

CALA Homes move in

January 2003 - the Telephone House saga opens yet another chapter :
CALA Homes insist on implementing the planning consent for the high density development on Telephone House site, Tunbridge Wells.
[ Government Planning Policy Guidance PPG3: 30-50 units per hectare = 12-20 units per acre -
CALA Homes planning permission for Telephone House site: 140 units per hectare = 60 units per acre ]

Monitoring the Conditions
atttached to the Planning Approval of Telephone House demolition and construction:

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Planning and Building Control,
Nigel Eveleigh, Head of Planning and Building Control
Martin Holmans, Planning Compliance Officer
Tel: 01892 - 526121 ext. 2100,

May 2003 - CONSTRUCTION - The Telephone House Estate, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells

March 2003 - In what way do CALA Homes and residents of Tunbridge Wells views differ ?
What do CALA Homes want to build ? - What do Tunbridge Wells and the Telephone House Neighbours want to see ?
How do CALA Homes defend what is known to their directors as "hot potato and rotten apple" ?

09.03.2003 - CALA Homes - The Plot is clear: Still no better vision ?

19.02.2003 - Complaints about breach of Scheme of Works
Construction Director Malcolm Baker: CALA Homes "do not believe that they have been in breach of the Scheme of Works."
26.02.2003 - Noise and Pollution
THNA: "it would appear that you have received statements from officials, that they are "very happy" with the way the work is being carried out. However we can assure you that the residents are far from happy.

17.02.2003 - Unfortunately, the 1st official complaint had to be filed: Dust and Noise
CALA Homes contractor Wooldridge Ecotec removes the demolition debris of Telephone House

17.02.2003 - The "monstrous" neighbour has been eradicated.

14.02.2003 - CALA Homes contractor Wooldridge Ecotec - The demolition of Telephone House comes slowly to an end, removing of debris starts.
Maybe the size of the Telephone House development, Tunbridge Wells, is now better perceptible to the planners.

14.02.2003 - Views from Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells and
Views from the Crossing London Road / Church Road, Tunbridge Wells

The visual impact of the demoltion of Telephone House is gigantic.

13.02.2003 - Wooldridge Ecotec - Demolition of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells
Soon - the open views from York Road across Telephone House site to Belvedere Terrace on Church Road

11.02.2003 - Wooldridge Ecotec - Demolition of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells

10.02.2003 - On the 5th day, Wooldridge Haulage and Demoltion crushed the East Wing of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells
- Cala Homes' Scheme of Works, warranted for Telephone House, provides for protective monaflex sheeting on scaffolding.

07.02.2003 - Demolition continues: Long forgotten views from Mount Ephraim
If CALA Homes do not make a U-turn, history will repeat itself :
the ugly office building will be replaced by a high density development.

06.02.2003 - Wooldridge Haulage and Demolition is progressing fast - Demolition of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells

05.02.2003 - CALA Homes and Wooldridge Haulage and Demolition - Dust Control, Demolition of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells
- Cala Homes' Scheme of Works, warranted for Telephone House, requires the use of water hoses to control dust.

05.02.2003 - Wooldridge Haulage and Demolition - DIY traffic management, Tunbridge Wells
How does one move a 60 tonne excavator around in the Tunbridge Wells Town Centre without getting noticed by the authorities ?

03.02.2003 - WOOLDRIDGE HAULAGE AND DEMOLITION ask for the goodwill of residents and car owners parking in York Road
- Cala Homes' Scheme of Works, warranted for Telephone House, does not require suspension of parking bays.

29.01.2003 - What is COSSH? - Control of Substances Hazardous to Health

29.01.2003 - Do CALA Homes and Wooldridge Demolition comply with the warranted Scheme of Works?
Internal Strip-out of Telephone House

27.01.2003 - CALA Homes start: putting up hoarding and introducing the new building line

27.01.2003 - CALA Homes move in - felling of amenity trees and site set-up for the demolition of Telephone House

22.01. and 16.01.2003 - CALA Homes' announcement of starting dates for demolition and construction.
Somes of CALA Homes' phrasing is interpreted by residents as confrontational and sarcastic:
". . . and have permission to redevelop Telephone House to provide 43 residential apartments on the site".
"Our demolition contractor and our staff are aware of your concerns with regard to this development, especially to traffic access and egress and the delivery of construction materials and plant."

24.12.2002 - TWBC announces APPROVAL of CALA Homes' THIRD Scheme of Works (Condition 15 of Inspector's Appeal Decision) and Boundary Treatment (Condition 3 of Inspector's Appeal Decision)

21.12.2002 - THNA Representation to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Planning and Building Control Services regarding CALA Homes' REVISED (THIRD) Scheme of Works
Neighbours and many residents of Tunbridge Wells probably will never come to terms with the development as such, but the third Scheme of Works, provided that CALA Homes withdraw their appeal to the Inspectorate, is acceptable in principle.

02.12.2002 - TWBC announces CALA Homes' submission of the THIRD Scheme of Works (submitted 25.11.02)
The 2nd revised proposed Scheme of Works (submitted 09.10.2002) was refused on the same day 25.11.02

25.11.2002 - CALA HOMES' Revised - THIRD Scheme of Works for the Demolition and Construction of Telephone House site, Royal Tunbridge Wells

DENSITY - cramming ? - lifestyle ?
High density development of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells

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

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.