20.07.2001 - Is the Chief Executive prepared to support the request of Tunbridge Wells residents ?
Letter to Chief Executive Rodney Stone, Tunbridge Wells

37 Church Road
Royal Tunbridge Wells

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

Mr Rodney Stone, Chief Executive
Town Hall Tunbridge Wells TN1 1RS

20 July 2001

Dear Mr Stone

Telephone House Development - Local Plan Review - Policy H6(a)

Thank you for your letter of 18th July 2001.

I am glad to hear from you that Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is taking Counsel's opinion on challenging the Inspector's Decision in High Court.

Although you feel that the chances of success are negligible, we suggest that as a first step Policy H6(a) be removed from the Local Plan Review, as there seem to be enough grounds to show that it should not have been included.

Have you sought Counsel's opinion on the assumption that Policy H6(a) be part of the Local Plan Review, or would you be prepared to support our request to remove this policy first, and then to challenge the Inspector's decision in High Court?

Please inform the Operational Services Board of the contents of this letter at the meeting on Thursday 26th July 2001.

Yours sincerely
Katherine Quinnell - Founder Member
The Telephone House Neighbours Association

cc: Archie Norman, MP

cc: Cllr Oliver-Smith, Chairman Operational Services Board
cc: Vice Chairman Cllr T.A. Veitch, who chaired the OSB meeting 26.07.01

Could the Inspector's decisions have been challenged ?
27.07.01 - the Chief Executive announces the Councillors' decision.

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 controversial planning permission of the high density development of Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells.