23.04.02 - TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH COUNCIL - Excerpt of Minutes of Full Council Meeting
- Questions under Standing Order 9

Councillor Leonard Price informs Members at the Full Council Meeting that CALA Homes are not proposing to follow the conditions set by the Inspector in his Appeal Decision.

From: Councillor Leonard Price

To: Councillor Oliver-Smith, Chairman of Operational Services Board.

I have been made aware by the Telephone House Neighbours' Association that in the preliminary Health & Safety Plan and Method Statement for the demolition of Telephone House, despite the conditions imposed by the Inspector who had granted the planning permission at appeal (July 2001) and the recommendation of the case officer to the Western Area Planning Committee (Oct 2000), CALA Homes are not proposing to follow these conditions.

Inspector's Appeal decision (page 6 - para 29):
"The total prohibition of the use of York Road for construction traffic is, in my view unreasonable, although I acknowledge that demolition material can and should be removed by way of Church Road. Clearly some control is required in order to protect the amenities of the residents of York Road during the construction process. To this end, I intend to impose a suitable condition which would require the submission and approval of a scheme of works which would, amongst other things, identify which point of access would be used at any particular phase of the project."

Case officer's report to Western Area Planning Committee (Meeting 18.10.2000 - page W13 - condition 17):
"During the demolition and construction works, there shall be no vehicular access to and from the site from York Road. - Reason: In the interests of residential amenities."

  1. In view of the many risks to the surrounding buildings, some listed, and residents' amenities; there is also the risk involved with the probable removal of the asbestos: What will the Council undertake to ensure that the conditions imposed by the Inspector are rigidly observed?

  2. Request from the developer a proper scheme of works in order to identify the point of access that would be used at any particular phase of the project, as required by the Inspector.

From: Councillor Paul Oliver-Smith

"The appeal on Telephone House was allowed subject to conditions. The one, which is relevant to this question, is condition 15 which 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 controiied 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.'

Planning officers have recently met a representative of CALA Homes and have advised him that they will require the submission of details where relevant in relation to all of the conditions of the appeal decision. This will include a 'scheme of works' as set out in condition 15. Officers have emphasised the importance of addressing all the issues listed in that condition. A scheme of works, which will cover the demolition and the redevelopment phases, is expected from CALA Homes within the next few weeks.

When received, the Planning Authority will consult interested parties on the proposed scheme of works before deciding whether it is acceptable. These consultees will include residents of York Road and Church Road.

The removal of asbestos has to be undertaken by a licensed contractor. The regulation of this does not fall within the control of the Local Authority, but instead is under the control of the Health and Safety Executive."

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, TN1, Kent.