Letter from the Chairman of Western Area Planning Committee, Councillor Mrs Paulson-Ellis - 14 April 2002

Councillor Jennifer Paulson-Ellis
Broomlands, Broom Lane

Date: 14 April 2002

Dear Mrs Topliss


Thank you for your letter dated 6 April 2002 regarding the above.

It would be wrong for me to adopt a position on the future of H6(a) at this point in time. The proper time and place to do this is as part of the Local Plan review task in a democratic forum. However, you have my assurance that at the proper time I will review H6(a) with an open mind and will carefully consider any/all arguments from any/all sources with respect to its retention or rejection.

With respect to the future of the Telephone House site following its sale by Crest Nicholson, you have my assurance that should the new owners submit a new Planning Application, I will call this in so that it is considered by the Western Area Planning Committee and not dealt with under delegation by Officers. I will also ensure that the Authority makes every effort to engage the community on any new application so that a comprehensive community view is available and given due consideration by the Planning Committee.

I note that representatives of your Association hope to meet with the new owner in the near future and I look forward to hearing from you in due course on the outcome of the meeting.

Yours sincerely
Cllr Mrs J Paulson-Ellis

12.04.2002 - Back to Notes of the Meeting with CALA Homes (South),
CALA Group Ltd acquired the controversial planning permission for the high density development of Telephone House site, Tunbridge Wells

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.