28.07.2001 - Letter to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Chief Executive Rodney Stone

37 Church Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells

e-mail: telephonehouse@cs.com
internet: http://uk.geocities.com/telephonehouse

Rodney Stone Esq
The Chief Executive
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall TN1 1RS

28 July 2001

Dear Mr Stone

Telephone House Development

We have heard that the Operational Services Board at their meeting on Thursday [ 26 July 2001 ] decided not to appeal to the High Court against the Inspector’s decision as to the development and costs.
This is naturally disappointing to us.

It has, however, been suggested that we might be able to appeal to the High Court through the local Ombudsman and, eventually, to the European Court of Human Rights.

Insofar as the former is concerned there seems to be no doubt that the Inspector misdirected himself in taking into consideration Policy H6(a) and that the High Court might well allow an appeal for us to go against the Inspector.

Insofar as the latter is concerned, the THNA and Tunbridge Wells residents were not informed that the Draft Local Plan including Policy H6(a) had been passed to the Inspector.

We understand you obtained an opinion from Counsel before the decision was taken not to appeal. We think that Counsel must have considered the above and other points in giving his opinion. The opinion is obviously now of no further use to the TWBC, but it could be of great help to us deciding whether we can take the case further. We shall be grateful therefore if you will let us have a copy.

We should also welcome any other thoughts which you may have and which may assist us in deciding our best course of action.

You will appreciate that this is a matter of extreme urgency and we would appreciate a reply by return of post.

Yours sincerely

Annemarie Topliss
for the Committee of
The Telephone House Neighbours Association

During summer/autumn 2001, after the Public Inquiry - The attitude of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's
Chief Executive and Director of Operational Services towards Residents

Could the Inspector's decisions have been challenged ?

Bizarrely, Policy H6(a) allocated for Telephone House was identical to the two refused planning applications for the Telephone House development.
[1st: refused at delegated officers' level - 2nd: refused by the Councillors of the Western Area Planning Committee].
Policy H6(a) is the most controversial document, produced by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, leading to the Telephone House Debacle.

The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Tunbridge Wells
The aims are to heighten peoples' awareness and concern for the high-density development on Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1.