Courier 3 November 2000 - LETTERS section Page 14

Developers defeated in important town road

A dozen residents of York Road attended the Western Area Planning Committee meeting of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on October 18.

Democracy was demonstrated as an application to redevelop Telephone House on Church Road was refused. The residents of York Road would like to thank the Councillors for the attention they paid to this important decision.

Heading the agenda was the application from Crest Homes [Crest Nicholson] and Southgate Developments [BT subsiduary] for the demolition and redevelopment of Telephone House, Church Road.

The application was for 43 units and was described by one councillor as "mass development in its worst form."

This was something that other councillors had sympathy with as they rejected the application unanimously.

The principal argument from residents of York Road is that of density.

We have created an Internet site highlighting the importance of this location and why it is criitcal for Tunbridge Wells that a compromise is not accepted.

Access the site at

The residents, Tunbridge Wells Civic Society and English Heritage all had grave misgivings about the application.

It is good to see that there is consistency in thinking and that the Councillors agree with these thought processes.

Peter Morse
York Road, Tunbridge Wells

DENSITY - cramming ? lifestyle ?

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

April 2002 - The Telephone House Neighbours Association informs on CALA Homes (South) Development :
Telephone House, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1.