From Archie Norman, MP





Archie, Norman, Member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells met local residents to discuss the proposals for the development of the controversial Telephone House on York Road.

Archie said: "The design for the development of the Telephone House is of a building completely disproportionate and out of keeping with the neighbouring buildings. It is higher and wider and the architecture is a flat horizontal structure totally out of kilter with the Tunbridge Wells vernacular. It is a fat squat building that might in fit in Croydon but does not belong here. The Council are quite right to have rejected it. This is unacceptable in a conservation area with surrounding listed buildings such as that of Trinity Church. It is essential that any developments are in keeping with the area. They must not reduce its visual amenity. I will be writing to the inspector and hope to attend the appeal hearings."

The Planning Committee has twice, unanimously rejected the plans. However, Crest Homes have taken their case to appeal with a decision being made on May 1. Residents are particularly worried about the high density of the housing, a total of 43 flats. Current problems of access and parking will be exacerbated. The character of York Road and Church Road would be altered forever.


5 March 2001


Archie Norman will be meeting residents at the Telephone House on Friday 9 March 2001 at 12.30 to examine the site.

Proposals are for 43 flats at a density of 140 units per hectare, (Government recommendations in the White Paper are for 30/50 units per hectare). The building line will be brought forward causing roadside trees to be demolished. Being four storeys high, neighbouring town houses of two and three storeys will suffer a significant loss of light. Parking provisions extend to less than one space per flat.

DENSITY - cramming ? lifestyle ?
February 2003: CALA Homes insist on implementing the planning consent for the high density development on Telephone House site, Tunbridge Wells.

The support of Archie Norman, MP for Tunbridge Wells
in connection with the Telephone House development