Courier 6 April 2001 - LETTERS section Page 26

Precedent for high density developments?

Re: Article March 23, 2001 - Page 5
"Inquiry date set for 'unacceptable' BT House plans."


I read with interest about BT's intention, that if their joint planning application with Crest Homes to redevelop the Telephone House in Church Road, does not pass the appeal stage, they consider refurbishing it and lease it as offices.

How nice, but I believe this is all rhetorical.

One could only congratulate them, as new jobs would be created and the dream of many people in the area of just walking to the office could become true.

If BT feels that strongly, why don't they just withdraw from their planning application?

The current application looks more like seeking to set a precedent for inner town developments and historic conservation areas.

If they win their appeal, they can prove that residents' objections about excessive density, large monstrous blocks, traffic congestion, destruction of amenities and felling of established trees are all overruled.

With such a strong precedent for high density developments one can imagine that it will be easier for BT to sell their 7500 properties nationwide of which many are located in prime town areas.

For Tunbridge Wells this precedent would mean that it will become difficult for the planning authorities to judge applications on their own merit, as in future, developers will refer to this case.

Daniel Bech
York Road

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.