Courier 15 November 2002 - NEWS section Page 17

BT house developers asked to think again

Residents of Tunbridge Wells and MP Archie Norman hope the new owners of Telephone House will be prepared to "think again" about their development plans.

Mr Norman met with the planning manager at CALA Homes Krzys Lipinski to discuss the controversial proposals for the York Road building.

Although the company currently holds agreed plans to turn the former BT offices into 43 flats, the politician is urging them to listen to the views of residents who believe they are too dense and too overbearing.

Mr Norman said: "We all recognise CALA has planning permission for a development it wishes to pursue. But I appealed to the company to once again think about how it could improve the scheme for the residents."
"We respect its position but minor amendments would go some way to making a building that no-one wanted more acceptable."
He said Tunbridge Wells Borough Council was "rightly being very tough" over the demolition and construction at the York Road site.
"The inconvenience for everyone in Tunbridge Wells will be considerable with many truck-loads of rubble to remove and an enormous amount of dust and debris."

Mr Norman said he had called on CALA to appoint full-time executives on site to liaise with residents and act as a point of contact.

Is CALA Homes really going ahead with THAT scheme ?

The support of Archie Norman, MP for Tunbridge Wells
in connection with the Telephone House development

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