Courier 16 November 2001 Page 13

MP hopes Telephone House enquiry will be thorough

TUNBRIDGE Wells MP Archie Norman hopes the enquiry into the handling of the plans for Telephone House will be wide-ranging and constructive.

He met members of Telephone House Association who are against the building of 43 flats on the Church Road site which were passed on appeal in May.

Developer Crest Nicholson changed its plans on the advice of council officers, but the more modern design [ 2nd planning application ] was subsequently rejected by the council [ Members/Councillors of the Western Area Planning Committee ]. ( * )

"Major redevelopment sites such as this and the cinema site are great opportunities for the council to take a lead in reshaping the town's landscape for the better," added Mr Norman.

( * ) - ADDITIONAL EXPLICATION: - Courier 02.11.01
The Telephone House scheme was originally [ 1st planning application ] refused by council officers because it copied the houses in Church Road [read: York Road] and not contributing to the 21st Century.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Internal Inquiry into the Telephone House Debacle

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