Courier 3 August 2001

No appeal against flat plans

Plans for building 43 flats in Tunbridge Wells allowed after a four-day public inquiry will not become the subject of a High Court appeal.
Legal experts have advised the borough council there are no grounds to challenge the decision which gave Crest Homes the go-ahead to build at Telephone House in Church Road.

But the council, which twice refused Crest's applications to demolish the 1960s building and erect flats, must now wait to find out how much of May's inquiry costs it will have to pay.

Rodney Stone, chief executive, said: "This has been an unhappy episode for members and officers and it is unfortunate that very significant effort and expenditure has been incurred without any positive result. The important issue is to learn from this episode."

TWBC Chief Executive Rodney Stone's attitude towards residents

Could the Planning Inspector's appeal decisions have been challenged ?

A guide through Tunbridge Wells Local Press since August 2000 - "The Telephone House Debacle"