Tunbridge Wells Borough Council announced that the Draft Local Plan they drew up will be defended by top gear QC Andrew Kelly.

Telephone House Neighbours soon realised that this QC is of the same Chambers as QC Richard Phillips, the charismatic silk, who managed to pull an Inspector's consent for the Telephone House Development in summer 2001.

To THNA, the situation is certainly bizarre: Policy H6(a) is, as officers admit, similar to the case the Council fought incompetently against a QC of the Chambers they engage now to defend a clone of what was once rejected by officers and once by councillors, and lost at appeal.


Tony Fullwood - Head of Strategy and Development BA(Hons) DipUD MRTPI DMS MCMI
Michael Thornton - Principal Planning Officer BA(Hons) DMS MRTPI
Gill Harris - Principal Planning Officer BSc(Hons) M Phil MRTPI
Andrea Wright - Senior Planning Officer BSc(Hons) DipEIA MRTPI
Sharon Banks - Senior Planning Officer BSc(Hons)
Judy Price - Senior Planning Officer MA Cantab DipTP MRTPI
Lisa Bower - Assistant Planning Officer BSc(Hons)
Alan Legg - Principal Design and Heritage Officer DipArch DipTP RIBA MRTPI FFB FRSA IHBC
Adrian Neve - Principal Transport Planner BEng(Hons)
David Scully - Landscape Officer BA(Hons) DipLA MLI Ml HORT


Chambers: Robin Purchas Q.C.

formerly 1997-2001 Gerard Ryan Q.C.

2 Harcourt Buildings,
Temple, London EC4Y 9DB
Telephone: 020 7353 8415
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Email: clerks@2hblaw.co.uk

History of Chambers
There have been only five heads of chambers since 1920. First head 1920-1950: W. H. Cartwright Sharp K. C.. Under the leadership of Eric Blain Q.C. (1950-1965), members of Chambers developed practices in town and country planning law. During the 32 years that Peter Boydell Q.C. (1965-1997) was head of Chambers, they strengthened and extended their expertise in the specialist fields of planning and administrative law as well as practising in Parliament and related areas. Peter Boydell Q.C. was Leader of the Parliamentary Bar for 22 years and a founder member and first Chairman of what is now the Planning and Environment Bar Association. IN 1997 Mr. Boydell was followed as Head of Chambers by Gerard Ryan Q.C. who retired from practice at the end of 2001. Since then Head of Chambers is Robin Purchas.

Member of Chambers
Richard Phillips QC. Andrew Kelly QC. Charles George QC. Clive Newberry QC. Keith Lindblom QC. Robert McCracken. Philip Petchey. Jonathan Milner. Timothy Comyn. ...

Richard Phillips Q.C.
Call 1970 (Inner Temple)
Queens’ Counsel 1990
MA (Cantab.)
Assistant Parliamentary Boundary Commissioner for England
Richard Phillips Q.C. was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1970. He entered Chambers that year and took silk in 1990.
He has wide experience in all spheres of planning including, retail, leisure, housing and waste.
He is a member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association and is an Assistant Parliamentary Boundary Commissioner.

Appellants' (Crest Nicholson Plc and British Telecom's Southgate Developments Ltd) Closing Submissions -
Richard Phillips QC, instructed by Barton Willmore Planning, West Malling Partnership

Andrew Kelly Q.C.
Call 1978 (Lincoln’s Inn)
Queen’s Counsel 2000
Call 1982 (Inn of Court of Northern Ireland)
MA (Oxon.)
Andrew Kelly Q.C. is a graduate of Christ Church, Oxford and was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1978 and by the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland in 1982. He entered chambers in 1981, was invited to join the Attorney General’s Supplemental List of Counsel in 1987 and took silk in May 2000.
Throughout his practice in planning, local government and parliamentary work he has appeared successfully on behalf of local authorities, developers and private individuals alike concerning a wide range of development proposals including retail, transportation, housing, town centre redevelopment, minerals, waste and compulsory purchase matters both at public inquiries and in the High Court. Recent cases include: R v Northumberland National Park Authority ex parte: Secretary of State for Defence (1998) Hall Aggregates (South East) Limited v New Forest District Council (1996), Ravebuild Limited v SOSE (1996).
From 1995 to 1999 he appeared as junior Counsel to British Airways plc at the Heathrow Terminal 5 public inquiry and simultaneously for Surrey County Council at several major inquiries. He has also appeared as amicus curiae on behalf of the Attorney-General.
He is member of the Planning and Environmental Bar Association and of the Administrative Law Bar Association.

Andrew Kelly QC

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.