Correspondence with to the Planning and Building Control Services, TWBC
CALA Homes' 2nd Scheme of Works for Telephone House

Residents find it difficult to come to terms with CALA Homes' total disrespect for their amenities during the Demolition and Construction Phase.
Most think that this excessive high density development of 43 flats, brings nothing but misery.
(140 dwellings per hectare including a major block of social housing within 0.7 acre / 0.307 hectare)





23.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Robert Soden
There must be possibilities for a better management of a sensitive site like this. The actual scheme has ONLY one thing in mind, to cut developers' costs at the amenities of others


03.11.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Nicholas Lawrence
Requests to close the road, reduce parking availability (whilst increasing demand considerably!) and make continuous heavy deliveries over two years are unlikely to be well received.


29.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Peter Chatfield, Maria Lambert, Nathan Longfield
This is no short term inconvenience: we are supposed to endure these major works over 2 years, no less!! - And to what end? - An ill-conceived, unsympathetic development which will hardly "benefit" our conservation area any more than the mistake of Telephone House itself.


23.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Daniel Bech
If, after 3 attempts [including the preliminary method statement], CALA is still not willing to recognise that they have to change their site management in order to protect listed properties and residential values and amenities of residents in York Road, then this scheme should again be refused.


01.11.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Paul Huxley
The effect of any fully laden vehicle, bearing building materials, passing through York Road is likely to have a material effect on the structure of my building.


31.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Priscilla Rawlins
It is monstrous that the lives of so many people in York Road are to be affected and I would go as far as saying, wrecked, for such a long period.


27.10.2002 / 10.11.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Lynne Tucker
All the points (in the TWBC leaflet "Making your opinion count" - "What are Planning Issues?") were taken up a long time ago by residents and very often elaborated on. These issues were obviously not taken into account for the development and it is astonishing how many are still valid for the Scheme of Works.


01.11.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Naomi Streeten
Against an unrelenting tide of extremely negative local feeling towards this scheme of works which would disrupt so many of our lives I urge you to decline it.


22.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Katherine Quinnell
It is outrageous that a big property developer such as CALA Homes, should be allowed to "move in" to the BT site with a plan of construction that will make them vast profits at the expense of those already living in the area.


28.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Patricia Lobo
People on York Road are worried about damage to buildings, foundations, cellars, pathways and gardens by heavy loaded vehicles (my house is grade II listed). CALA Homes do not seem to have made any arrangements to safeguard our homes.


01.11.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - York Road Christian Assembly
We are concerned about the impact that the proposed scheme will have on the fabric of the building as a result of increased vibration due to passing works traffic.


27.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Annemarie Topliss
The developer CALA Homes has so far not accepted that he needs to construct from north to south, i.e. from York Road to Church Road, thus minimising the heavy use of York Road by vehicles.


25.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Peter Morse
No definition has ever been made on what "some" actually means. CALA Homes in their scheme of works, show little concession to local residents, who for 2 years will have to put up with a constant stream of extremely heavy traffic down a very narrow road.


29.10.2002 - Resident's letter to Planning Department, TWBC - Samuel McDowell
York Road access and egress to the site will be required to be used by heavy vehicles since there will be periods during which access from Church Road will not be possible. . . . After having spelt out all this quite clearly, CALA Homes say in their submission that they will make a concentrated effort to minimise the use of York Road !


27.10.2002 - THNA Representation to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Planning and Building Control Services regarding CALA Homes' REVISED (SECOND) Scheme of Works
As the Scheme of Works is currently drawn up, the degree of inconvenience and disturbance to local residents is going to be enormous and, given the length of time the construction is expected to take, unreasonably so. As it stands, this Scheme of Works is unacceptable to the Telephone House Neigbours Association.



Is CALA Homes really going ahead with THAT scheme?

The Telephone House Neighbours Association informs on CALA Homes (South) Development:
CALA Group acquired the controversial planning permission for the high density development of Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1, Kent.