Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - 2001 Local Plan Review - Deposit Copy - Policy H6

Policy H6 as general policy allocates sites for residential development in the period 2001-2006


ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS

a) TELEPHONE HOUSE, CHURCH ROAD / YORK ROAD

Site Area: 0.32 hectare (0.8 acres) net developable

Density: The site should provide a minimum of 40 dwellings at a net density of 130 dwellings per hectare.

Form, Layout and Landscaping: Both Church Road and York Road should include frontage development, to follow existing building lines, restoring the Victorian urban form which still exists in thevicinity of this site.

On Church Road, the existing building line frontage is set back and this should allow for the creation of a landscaped area to reinforce the green corridor of Church Road/Crescent Road.

On York Road, the building line should create a sense of enclosure, reflecting the depth of front gardens in the surrounding residential areas.

Within the site there is potential for incorporating further development to create a series of linked spaces, by use of hard and soft landscaping.

The introduction of public art should be considered as part of this development.

Dwelling Mix: A dwelling mix in accordance with POLICY H2 will be sought. An element of affordable housing will be sought in accordance with POLICY H3.

Recreation and Community Provision: A contribution towards recreation open space including children’s playspace will be sought in accordance with POLICY R2.

A contribution will be sought towards the provision of local school facilities in accordance with POLICY CS4.

Access: Pedestrian access should be provided to Church Road.

Cycle parking should be provided within the development in accordance with POLICY TP9.

Vehicular access from York Road is preferred.

Car parking should be provided in accordance with POLICY TP6.




TWBC Internal Inquiry into the Telephone House Debacle

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.