Councillor David Wakefield's letter which records accurately what was said at the Full Council meeting for the Local Plan - 5 July 2001

Councillor David Wakefield
Jordan House
68 London Road
Kent TN1 1DT

Date: 5 July 2001

FAO Peter Scott
(37 Church Road, TN1 1DT)

Dear Peter,

Draft Local Plan - Telephone House

At the extraordinary meeting of the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, held on the 23rd May, at which the draft Local Plan was discussed as a precursor to its move into the public domain ( not the approval of the Plan itself, since this will come after public consultattion and a full debate by th e Council in the Autumn ), I felt that it was appropriate to voice my fears regarding the fact that the draft Local Plan envisaged 44 dwellings on the Telephone House site, and this is advance of the Inspector's ruling on the Crest Homes appeal.

Rodney Stone ( Chief Executive ) replied and said that the Inspector could not and would not take into account the draft Local Plan, since it was not in the public domain at the time of his enquiry.

I hope that this letter records accurately what was said at the meeting and that it will be of help to you.

Kind regards
David Wakefield

Could the Inspector's decisions have been challenged ?
Public Inquiry May 2001: Telephone House, 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.