Letter from Nigel Eveleigh, Planning and Building Control Services, TWBC - 12 June 2002
Clarification of the Demolition Notice by TWBC and the Health and Safety Plan by CALA Homes

Planning and Building Control Services
Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS

Ms Katherine Quinnell
The Telephone House Neighbours Association
37 Church Road
Kent TN1 1JT

12 June 2002

Dear Ms Quinnell


I have been passed a copy of your letter to Mr Haynes (Environmental Services) of 5th June.

I hope my letter to local residents of 11th June has clarified the position regarding the 'Scheme of Works', which is still awaited from CALA Homes. When this is received I shall be consulting local residents. The issue of CALA's 'Health and Safety Plan' is of course a matter you will need to take up with the Company directly.

Yours sincerely

Nigel Eveleigh
Head of Planning & Building Control Services

c.c. - K N Fankhauser - Environmental Protection & Licensing Manager

Nigel Eveleigh, Planning and Building Control Services, TWBC, to residents in Church Road, York Road, London Road, Tunbridge Wells, 11 June 2002

Dear Sir / Madam


We have recently received notification under the Building Act 1984 that Telephone House is to be demolished. My Principal Building Control Surveyor wrote recently to local residents enclosing a copy of the Notice sent to the demolition contractors involved. Unfortunately there was a mistake in that Notice and I attach a copy of the corrected document.

The receipt of the Demolition Notice has caused some uncertainty locally and I am writing to clarify the situation.

When planning permission was granted for the re-development of Telephone House a condition was added requiring the development of the site to submit for approval to the Local Planning Authority a 'Scheme of Works'. It is a requirement that this is approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority before any development takes place. This is entirely separate from the 'Demolition Notice' which is a technical requirement under the Building Act.

I understand from CALA Homes, who now own the site that the Scheme of Works is being prepared and will be submitted to us shortly. This will cover such matters as dust control, noise amelioration, sequence of construction and means of access/egress for each stage in the demolition/construction process. When this is received I shall be consulting local residents and occupiers of properties in the vicinity of the site and seeking their views. I expect this to be within the next few weeks.

CALA Homes are aware that work carried out prior to approval of the 'Scheme of Works' would be in contravention of the relevant conditions of the planning consent.

Yours sincerely
Nigel Eveleigh
Head of Planning and Building Control Services

What was removed from Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells, in February 2002?

Is CALA really going ahead with THAT scheme?