The controversial letter by TWBC Development Control Manager David Prentis to the Planning Inspectorate
which might have helped Crest Nicholson / BT's Southgate Developments to win the Appeal

The Appeal was filed against the refusal of consent for demolition of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells and erection of 43 flats on the Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
The Public Inquiry was held 1 - 4 May 2001 (Correspondence between Appellant and TWBC: on 9 May and 15 May 2001).



Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Contact officer: Ruth Chambers
Our ref: RCC/MJ/TW/00/01474
Your ref: APP/M2270/A/00/1054946

Date: 15 May 2001

The Planning Inspectorate
3/07 Kite Wing Temple Quay House
2 The Square Temple Quay
Bristol BS1 6PN
For the attention of: Mr. D. Shorland - Case Officer

Dear Sir

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990 -
APPEAL BY CREST HOMES (SOUTH EAST) LIMITED AND SOUTHGATE DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED.
SITE AT TELEPHONE HOUSE CHURCH ROAD, TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT

I have received further correspondence on 11 May 2001 from Barton Willmore Planning in relation to the above planning appeal.

The proposed agenda for the Joint Central Board and Operational Services Board was published on Friday 4 May (3 working days before the meeting). This item consisted of the initial proposed deposit draft of the Tunbridge Wells Borough Local Plan Review. I should point out that this was the first time that this document was within the public forum and so it could not have been referred to before this time. I am now able to advise that following the meeting on 10 May, Members agreed to approve the document in its submitted form in so far as it relates to the appeal site. It will now need to be considered by Full Council on the 23 May 2001 for confirmation as to whether the document will now be the subject of formal public consultation.

The Council's position is that the draft policy is consistent with the case put on our behalf at the inquiry.

No doubt the Inspector will consider how much weight to accord to the emerging plan given the stage in the planning process it has reached.

Yours faithfully
David Prentis
Development Control Manager

cc: Ms. J. Ashton - Barton Willmore



After the Public Inquiry during summer/autumn 2001
TWBC Chief Executive Rodney Stone's attitude towards Residents

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 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, TN1, Kent.