Kent Messenger Extra 11 May 2001 Page 1

Flats ruling now rests with State

Future development of Telephone House, a key site in central Tunbridge Wells, now rests on the outcome of a three-day public inquiry held in the Town Hall last week. [ 1-4 May ]

People opposed to plans by Crest Homes to build 43 flats there staged a show of force when the hearing opened on Tuesday, May 1.

Crest Homes and Southgate Developments appealed against Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's refusal to grant consent for its residential redevelopment plan.

The local authority ruled the scheme would have a significant and adverse impact on the character and appearance of the town's conservation area.
Its decision has been backed by residents, who though keen to see the site redeveloped, felt four blocks of flats on 0.307 hectares would be too much.
The inquiry heard they were also concerned about traffic congestion in York Road.

But architect Trevor Sutters told the inquiry: "The appeal proposals make full use of the site within its environmental capacity to accommodate a high-quality residential development."

After considering the evidence from the inquiry and making a site visit, the planning inspector Malcolm Lewis will report his findings to the Secretary of State who will decide whether or not to allow the appeal. It is likely to be several months before that decision is known.

DENSITY - cramming ? Lifestyle ?
The high density development of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells

Statement of Case by The Telephone House Neighbours Association
for the Telephone House Appeal and the Public Inquiry May 2001

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