Images of Royal Tunbridge Wells Town Centre
Planning Department in the Town Hall

Town Hall - Planning Department offices - July 2002

Our present Town Hall was the winning entry of an architectural competition designed in 1934 and replaced the Calverley Parade built as part of Decimus Burton's Town Planning Scheme for Tunbridge Wells 1825-1830.
- Look at the addition on top of the roof.

The Planning Department of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council which is in the opinion of residents responsible for the Telephone House debacle, operates from this building.

August 2000 - Nigel Watts predicted in the Courier:
"I fear that those entertaining the hope that Telephone House will be succeeded by a building of inspired design are due for a rude disappointment."

April 2001 (before the Telephone House Public Inquiry took place) - Nigel Watts' comments contained another warning:
"On Thursday April 5, I spoke to the case officer who was at pains to convey that she would conduct another case in precisely the same way.
I was informed in no uncertain terms that it was essential that the democratic process needed to be strictly adhered to in such planning matters.
In the light of the recommendations which have been advanced by the case officer, an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State to adjudicate this appeal is likely to allow it."

July 2002 -The same case officer, Mrs. Ruth Chambers, under the same management, still works on the same case.

July 2003 - Tthe situation remains the same.

February 2004 - Residents are stunned by the statement in the Proof of evidence presented on behalf of the Local Planning Authority regarding the TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH LOCAL PLAN Review Inquiry : - Objection to Policy H6(a) Allocation of Land at Telephone House for Residential Use
"Members [Councillors] refused the Telephone House Planning Application TW/00/01474 in October 2000. An Appeal was subsequently lodged which was the subject of a public inquiry in May 2001. In the interim work continued on Local Plan preparation and since no planning permission for the site had been granted, Telephone House was retained as an allocation in the draft Plan. Had Members granted planning permission for TW/00/01474 in October 2000, the site would not have appeared as an allocation, but the number of dwellings permitted would have been counted in Table 2 of the Plan from the outset."
David Prentis who informed the Appeal Inspector and the appellants/developer of the Draft Local Plan is now the Head of Planning Services !

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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.