From Archie Norman, MP





Commenting on the outcome of the Telephone House appeal, Archie Norman Member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells said:

"I am extremely disappointed that the inspector supported the developers despite the magnificent work by local residents. They were up against a top gun, one of the most expensive planning QC's in the country and in terms of resources it was a very unfair contest.

I now hope that Crest Homes will do everything they possibly can to achieve a reconciliation with local residents and demonstrate that they can make a contribution to the built environment that is in character.

"The lesson for the future is that there is a need for careful examination of our draft local plan as this will provide the background against which future appeals are heard. Future developments in Tunbridge Wells need sensitive planning and proper conservation if we are to retain its character."

The development proposed is the demolition of the existing building and the erection of 43 flats together with basement level parking.

9 July 2001

The Telephone House Neighbours Association brought forward a request to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to appeal against the Inspector's Decisions for Telephone House, prior to 14 August 2001.

Bizzarely, Policy H6(a) allocated for Telephone House was identical to the two refused planning applications for the Telephone House development.
Policy H6(a) is the most controversial document, produced by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, leading to the Telephone House Debacle.

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