There are major changes. - This is yet another scheme of works. - CALA Homes 5th attempt to produce a Scheme of Works. - How could CALA Homes have failed to get it right the first time ?

HISTORY - Demolition and Construction of Telephone House site, Royal Tunbridge Wells:

CALA Homes' Preliminary (not submitted to TWBC) Scheme of Works including Health and Safety Plan, Method Statement and Risk Assessment, March 2002
CALA Homes' Scheme of Works (1st) was refused 9 September 2002
CALA Homes' Scheme of Works (2nd) was refused 25 November 2002
CALA Homes' Scheme of works (3rd), submitted on 25.11.2002, was approved by TWBC on 24 December 2002

CALA Homes (South) Limited prepared their 3rd Scheme of Works to meet the requirements of Condition 15 of Planning Inspector's Appeal decision APP/M2270/A/00/105496.
Condition 15 states:

"No development shall take place until a scheme of works shall have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme of works shall show how dust will be controlled during both the demolition and construction phases, which types of plant and equipment will be used on the site and what measures will be taken to ameliorate any noise problems. The sequence of construction, including details of construction access and whether Church Road, York Road, or both are intended as the point of access for any particular stage and details of the location of construction compounds on the site including arrangements for the parking, loading, and unloading of all vehicles using the site. All operations carried out on the site shall be conducted in strict accordance with the approved scheme of works."

On 25.11.2002 CALA Homes filed their Scheme of Works stating:
"In preparing this Scheme of Works cognisance has been taken of the Inspector's decision in allowing the appeal for the development, and the views of the Council and residents."

5 months later, 28.04.2003, CALA Homes file amendments to their Scheme of Works:

"The main difference between the approved construction programme and the proposed amended programme is the commencement of work on the four Blocks".

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Notification of CALA Homes' Submission of Details:
AMENDMENTS to approved Scheme of Works, Telephone House

Nigel Eveleigh, Head of Planning and Building Control Services
Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS

7th May 2003

SITE: Telephone House Church Road Royal Tunbridge Wells
PROPOSAL: Submission of Details Scheme of Works Pursuant to Condition 15 of TW/00/01474
CASE OFFICER:Ruth Chambers on 01892 526121 extension 2089

Following approval of the above Scheme of Works, I have received details of a proposed amendment. As requested by the Telephone House Neighbours Association, I am writing to consult the association about these latest details.
A full copy of the latest submission is enclosed for your convenience and future reference. This consists of a letter dated 28 April, Construction Programme and Plan B Revision A.
If you would like to make a comment about the latest submissions, please do so within 14 days of the date of this letter. The letter will be placed on a public file which may be made available to the applicant or any other interested party.

CALA Homes - PROPOSALS / REVISIONS / AMENDMENTS to their approved Scheme of Works

28th April 2003

Mr Nigel Eveleigh
Head of Planning and Building Control Services
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall Royal Tunbridge Wells Kent TN1 1RS

Dear Mr Eveleigh


Further to recent telephone discussions I enclose a revised Construction Programme (Scheme of Works 3 Rev A) and Plan B Revision A, to be attached as amended appendices to the scheme of works.

The Construction Programme has been revised in an attempt to speed up the whole construction programme, thereby reducing the anticipated overall construction period (excluding demolition) from 125 weeks to 93 weeks. The main difference between the approved construction programme and the proposed amended programme is the commencement of work on the four Blocks.

We now propose to commence works on the construction of foundations of Blocks B, C and D within a week of each other. Originally there would have been a delay of approximately 7 weeks between starting work on Block D and starting work on Block C. We anticipate that we can build, under the revised construction programme, Block B, C and D concurrently.

We also anticipate constructing Block A quicker this will be aided by a change in the means of constructing the 'tunnel' through Block A. In the approved scheme of works we proposed to create a 'tunnel' at ground level in the superstructure of Block A, which would have been completed out of sequence once the superstructure of Block A had finished (Paragraph V -i-VIII Executive Summary + Paragraph 3.14).

We still propose to have a 'tunnel' to allow access from Church Road to the rest of the site, but we now intend to build the 'tunnel' through the basement of Block A, which will utilise the proposed basement access ramp into Block A. We intend to build a temporary ramp into the basement area of Block A, from the Church Road side of the site, once the basement to Block A has been completed and the transfer slab has been erected we will then be able to complete the superstructure of Block A without interruption.
Once the superstructure for Block A has been completed we will be in a position to fill in the basement access into Block A from Church Road. CALA will inform the Council of the closure of the basement access as stated in Paragraph 3.5 of the approved scheme of works. The added benefit of building Block A in this manner will allow CALA to use the basement of Block A for additional storage. The revised ramp access ramp is shown on Plan B Revision A. Work on the building of the access ramp will commence before the building of the foundations for Block A starts in full. All preparatory work for the building of the access ramp and the foundations of Block A will total some 4-6 weeks and will include the building of support shuttering and digging out elements of the old foundations, which technically forms part of the demolition of the original Telephone House.

Plan B Revision A also shows the following changes.
The site welfare facilities/site office will now be positioned in the 'forecourt' on the Church Road side of the site, it will be double stacked but due to the revised siting it will not be necessary to blank out windows facing adjoining properties, as originally proposed, because the adjoining properties are not residential, the welfare facilities will still be capable of transfer to below Block C once the transfer slab has been laid. (Paragraph 4.2 and 4.6 of scheme of works).
The transfer of the welfare accommodation to the new location will allow for a more effective use of the site. It will free up more space for the temporary storage of materials (see Plan B Rev A), which will allow for a more efficient use of the luffing crane.
Plan B Revision A also shows a revised position for the concrete mix storage. This change is required to facilitate the siting of the new access ramp into Basement A.

For the avoidance of doubt there are no other anticipated changes to the scheme of works.
I can confirm that there will be no use of York Road other than that which has already been approved in the scheme of works dated 25 November 2002.

I hope that the above-mentioned changes to the scheme of works are acceptable to the Council, if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on my direct line of 01784 225315.

Yours sincerely
Krzys Lipinski
Planning Manager
CALA Homes (South) Ltd
Burgan House, The Causeway
Staines, Middlesex, TW18 3PR

CALA Homes Scheme of Works approved by TWBC on 24.12.2002

Is CALA Homes really going ahead with THAT scheme?

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.