Kent Messenger Extra 12 January 2001 Page 3

”No” to flats plan means Telphone House inquiry

ON THE LINE: Telephone House is under threat of demolition

An appeal against Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for the building of 43 flats at Telephone House, Church Road, Tunbridge Wells, is to be held before the Secreatry of State for Environment.

The application would involve the demolition of Telephone House.

The council objected to the proposal on the grounds that it would have an adverse impact on the character and appearance of the conservation area by virtue of its scale, massing, roofscape, form, special characteristics, elevation treatment and building lines.

The council says the development would have an adverse impact on the setting of listed buildings in Church Road.

The appeal will be conducted by a public inquiry and any comments should be made in writing (three copies) to the Planning Inspectorate, Room 1003, Tollgate House, Houlton Street, Bristol BS2 9DJ to arrive not later than January 23.

Who would want to conserve this building?
A planning application for the demolition (TW/00/01480) was meanwhile withdrawn by the applicant.

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