Courier 08 June 2001 - LETTERS section Page 27

Town plan

I have read with interest Commander G. V. Lawson's letter about the draft town plan and the response of John Haynes [ Director of Operational Services, TWBC ] in last week's Courier [ 01 June 2001 ].

The Telephone House site development application was unanimously turned down by councillors at the western area planning committee meeting in October 2000.
The draft local plan, including H6(a) [ allocated policy for Telephone House site ], is dated May, 2001.

Mr Haynes does not explain why, in seven months, council officers failed to remove or amend H6(a) to comply with the decision of councillors and the known wishes of the residents.

B. V. Payne
Forest Road, Tunbridge Wells

Tony Fullwood, Strategy, Design and Project Manager at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council replies:

The borough council is not opposed to redevelopment of the Church Road site for housing in principle, but turned down the recent application for residential developement on specific grounds.
The site has been allocated for housing development in the local plan review - deposit copy, which will shortly be available for public consultation.
Meanwhile, the council is awaiting the outcome of an appeal about this site.

Bizarrely, Policy H6(a) allocated for Telephone House was identical to the two refused planning applications for the Telephone House development.
Policy H6(a) is the most controversial document, produced by the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, leading to the Telephone House Debacle

Speeches of Members of The Telephone House Neighbours Association,
Councillors of Culverden Ward and the MP for Tunbridge Wells

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