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This message goes to the Marketing Department of the future Developer of Telephone House site:
Question: - Why do you think BT did not bother about Marketing?
Answer: - Unlike a developer, BT never had to sell or let this building, neither as office space nor as appartments. It was a governmental company.
Question: - Would BT have been able as a PLC to re-develop the site and sell it?
Answer: - BT (Southgate Developments) sold it to a developer, leaving them with the problems.
Question: - Why did BT (Southgate Developments) not keep it as an office building?
Answer: - Difficult to understand why not, as King Sturge, their agent, wrote:
Question: - Will a residential development be sustainable on Church Road?
Doubt: - Standing on Church Road one is soon aware of car pollution, heavy lorries, pubs and bars.
Question: - So, "wrong houses at the wrong places?"
Answer: - Only when you start to sell, will you find out.
Conclusion: - An inspired design, supported by residents would be a start.
A "lazy" design as we face now, will follow the fate of the actual building, "Synchordia House", re-baptised by Thomas Rothermel into "Discordia House" (Telephone House Public Inquiry May 2001).
Pretty small the terrain CALA Homes bought - 0.3 hectare or 0.7 acres
Extremely high density they want to achieve - 140 units/hectare or 60 units/acre
CALA Homes want to cram 43 flats onto this land in the Conservation Area of Tunbridge Wells.
Do they really know what they are doing?
Telephone House has been known as a local monstrosity.
This is Cala Homes' vision of replacing it.
CALA Homes prospective buyers will ultimately encounter the same problems as the residents
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The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Tunbridge Wells
The aims are to heighten peoples' awareness and concern for the high-density development on Telephone House site,
Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1.