December 2004


Tunbridge Wells, York Road

CALA Homes - another misleading advertisement

CALA Homes - Norfolk Grange York Road - Sale Advert December 2004

CALA Homes Advertisement, Kent Messenger Extra, 24.12.2004

CALA Homes surely wish to fool people with computer generated impressions -
Damage is done to the streetscape of York Road.

Why do CALA Homes not show the reality?

Because the reality is not flattering !

  • Houses opposite are at 12 metres distance.
  • CALA Homes failed to integrate part of the former terrace, Nos. 27/29 York Road, owned by themselves; instead they created a dirt gap between their own properties.
  • 43 flats are crammed onto less than 3/4 acre ( Block D: 8 - Block C: 9 - Block B: 8 - Block A: 18 )
  • '5 remaining' - After a year of intensive sales campaigns and drastically reduced prices (from 325,000 - and now they throw in a voucher for 10,000 furniture) an interest in 3 of the 8 apartments in Block B confirms CALA flats are not hot property in Tunbridge Wells.
  • CALA Homes are masters in the art of confusion. They call the poured-out concrete Norfolk Villas while at the door of Block B a sign tells the postman that the real name is Cambridge Villas. CALA Homes once more prove that the right hand does not know what the left one does.
  • Norfolk House was already changed to Alexander Court. - Who does invent this nonsense. York Road can accommodate continous house numbers for the site !
  • We sincerely hope that CALA Homes plant soon the 4 trees depicted on their drawing. The trees are a planning condition and they should be in place before completion of Block B !

CALA Homes - no Landscaping - Block D and Block B - Norfolk Grange - December 2004

Where are the trees ?

York Road:- the replacement for the 10 felled trees, including four 21 year old mature Sorbus Aria, will be 4 Sorbus Aucuparia "Sheerwater seedling" (planting height 3.5m-4m)
03.04.2003 TWBC announces APPROVAL of CALA Homes' hard and soft Landscaping details (Condition 11 of Inspector's Appeal Decision)

January 2003 - There was once a group of TREES (10) on Telephone House site between Trinity House and No. 27 York Road :
4 Sorbus Aria (White Beam), 3 Acer Platanoides Atropurpureum (Maple), 3 Juglan (Walnut).

In autumn 2000, when residents applied for Tree Preservation Orders, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (tree officer Daniel Docker) did not consider that this would be warranted.
In spring 2003, TWBC planning and building control services (landscaping officer David Scully) inform residents that
the replacement for the 10 felled trees, including four 21 year old mature Sorbus Aria, will be four Sorbus Aucuparia.

DENSITY - cramming ? - lifestyle ?
High density development of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells

CALA Homes continue the Telephone House saga:
- the Construction of their Estate

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.