Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan Review
Public Local Inquiry
Inspector: Miss L Graham BSc MA MRTPI
Programme Officer: Mr John Leslie
c/o Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS
Tel: 01892554297 - Fax: 01892554214
My Ref: Adv.1/TW - Resp No: 610
Date: 4 April 2003
Mr P Morse
Telephone House Neighbours Association
ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS
TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH LOCAL PLAN REVIEW: PUBLIC LOCAL INQUIRY
The Borough Council wrote to you on 7 March 2003 explaining details of representations that you have made on the Borough Local Plan Review and I am now writing to advise you of the next steps.
A Public Local Inquiry will be held to consider unresolved objections to the Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan Review. The First Secretary of State has appointed Miss L Graham BSc MA MRTPI to conduct the Inquiry which will begin at 10.00am on Tuesday 16 September 2003 at the Council Chamber, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Town Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS.
I have been appointed as Programme Officer for this Inquiry and will deal with all procedural, administrative and programming matters.
A Pre-lnquiry Meeting (PIM) will be held on Friday 9 May 2003 at 10.30am at the same venue as the Inquiry. Any person who intends to appear or be represented at the Inquiry is invited to attend or be represented at the PIM.
I enclose a copy of the Agenda for the PIM and a map showing the location of the venue. A draft timetable will be circulated at the PIM on the basis of the returned questionnaires sent to you with the Borough Council's letter of 7 March 2003.
The purpose of the PIM is to allow the Inspector to explain procedural matters before and during the Inquiry. Please note that the merits of your representation will not be considered at this meeting.
I also enclose Guidance Notes for objectors. These will answer many of the routine questions that you might have, and will enable the Inspector to concentrate on any other issues that are raised. It would be helpful if those planning to attend the Pre-lnquiry Meeting could return the slip below or confirm this with a brief e-mail message to me to enable practical arrangements to be made.
The Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions has produced a booklet 'Local Plans and Unitary Development Plans : A Guide to Procedures'. This can be found on the internet at www.planninq.odpm.gov.uk/guides/local/index.htm. If you would like a printed copy, please let me know.
Mr J P Leslie
Public Local Inquiry into Objections to the Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan Review
Pre-Inquiry Meeting on Friday, 9th May, 2003 at 10.30am
at The Council Chamber, The Town Hall, Mount Pleasant Road,
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS.
Miss L Graham BSc, MA, MRTPI
Inspector appointed by the First Secretary of State to consider objections to the Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan Review
Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan Review
Guidance Notes for the Pre-lnquiry Meeting
These Guidance Notes provide information and help to all objectors, whether they intend to appear at the Inquiry or rely on written representations. Objectors not represented by professionals will find the guidance at Appendix 1 particularly useful. By providing the information at this stage it is expected that the Pre-lnquiry Meeting (PIM) will be able to concentrate on any queries or problems objectors may wish to raise which-are not answered by this Guidance Note. Please note that the meeting will not be an opportunity to discuss the merits of any objections.
For objectors with legal or other professional representation the procedure will normally be:
Appendix 1 - Guidance for Unrepresented Objectors
Before the Inquiry
At the Inquiry
After the Inquiry.
Programme Officer April 2003
The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Tunbridge Wells
Objections and Request to change Policy H6(a) - the Policy for Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells - in the Local Plan
Bizarrely, Policy H6(a) allocated for Telephone House was identical to the two refused planning applications for the Telephone House development.
[1st: refused at delegated officers' level - 2nd: refused by the Councillors of the Western Area Planning Committee].
Policy H6(a) is the most controversial document, produced by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, leading to the Telephone House Debacle.
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, Kent, TN1.