TUNBRIDGE WELLS BOROUGH COUNCIL
Our ref: RJS/ALI
Date: 27 July 2001
Telephone House Neighbours Association
Dear Ms Topliss
TELEPHONE HOUSE DEVELOPMENT
As promised I am writing to you to inform you of the decision of the Operational Services Board last night.
After lengthy consideration, the Board decided that the Council will not be appealing to the High Court against the Inspector's Decisions. This decision was taken on the basis of legal and planning advice that there are no grounds of appeal that are worth the Council pursuing with any prospect of success.
This advice was taken to guide the Council and the Residents' position is legally different. The Association should take its own legal advice as to whether it may have grounds for appeal and, if so, whether it has reasonable prospects of success.
Could the Inspector's decisions have been challenged ?
09.07.01 - Residents' request to Councillors of Tunbridge Wells
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.