Kent Messenger Extra 10 August 2001 Page 3

Calling off the Telephone fight

Tunbridge Wells Council has decided to throw in the towel in its fight to stop the demolition of Telephone House in Church Road because the fight would not be worth the cost.

The council lost its argument at an appeal brought by Crest Homes to turn the site into flats. Substantial costs were awarded in favour of Crest Homes.
But the council thought seriously about taking the case a step further to the High Court.
Now it has been advised by its own legal department to drop the idea because there are no grounds of appeal which are worth pursuing.

On the decision not to appeal to the High Court, Rodney Stone, the council's chief executive, said: "This has been an unhappy episode for both council members and officers and it is unfortunate that very significant effort and expenditure has been incurred without any positive result." "The important issue is to learn from this episode and we will be looking hard at the way we arrive at planning decisions in such high profile cases and how we handle them at public inquiries in the future."

Could the Planning Inspector's appeal decisions have been challenged ?

TWBC Chief Executive Rodney Stone's attitude towards residents

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