23.10.02 - Letter to the Planning Department, TWBC - Daniel Bech

Daniel Bech, York Road, Tunbridge Wells

Nigel Eveleigh,
Planning and Building Control Services, Town Hall
Royal Tunbridge Wells

29 October 2002

Telephone House - Cala Homes Scheme of Works October 2002
Listed Properties - Structure of York Road

Dear Mr Eveleigh,

I note that CALA Homes agrees to direct all demolition traffic through Church Road. This was recommended by the Inspector. Nevertheless York Road, with its fragile structure, is intended to be used during the construction period by many heavy trucks.

I remember when QC Richard Phillips pleaded for Crest Mcholson at the Public Inquiry in May 2001, that during the construction period "some traffic" should be allowed in York Road. In the Inspector's Decision this was accepted. However, the Inspector's failure to put his decision into a clear definition is now calculatingly used by CALA Homes. CALA Homes proposes to send many HEAVY trucks through this residential road. But the Inspector's wording in the same para (29) shows as well that he put priority on the amenities of the residents: "Clearly some control is required in order to protect the amenities of the residents of York Road during the construction process."
This recommendation should get the same attention as the acceptance to permit "some traffic" in York Road.

The Church Road side of the development has a huge forecourt, where movement can be done without disruption to third parties.
In York Road, CALA Homes proposes to suspend pedestrian paths and car parking bays for probably more than 2 years. This scheme of works has only one objective - to cut costs with no respect for other properties, let alone heritage and conservation.

If, after 3 attempts [including the preliminary method statement], CALA is still not willing to recognise that they have to change their site management in order to protect listed properties and residential values and amenities of residents in York Road, then this scheme should again be refused.

Yours sincerely,
Dr. D. Bech

Objections to CALA Homes' Second Scheme of Works for the Telephone House Development

Is CALA really going ahead with THAT scheme?