The Trees in York Road between Trinity House and No. 27 York Road, Tunbridge Wells

York Road's residents living within this idyllic setting, have problems in understanding why existing local, regional and governmental guidelines are ignored.

The Conservation Area Appraisal quotes Policy EN5(6) as important for its Policy Background:

The proposal would not result in the loss of trees, shrubs, hedges or other features important to the character of that part of the Conservation Area in which the proposal would be situated.

In a letter to a resident Mr. John Haynes, Director of Operational Services of TWBC, confirms that the Borough Council recently adopted the Kent Design Guide as a material consideration:

10.2. New development should respond to site characteristics . . . . . and minimising any impacts.
10.2.1 . . . conserve or enhance existing natural features.
10.2.2. Features of landscape importance or nature conservation value should be retained . . . .

In PPG3(52) the Government attaches particular importance to the 'greening' of residential environments:

. . . . . Landscaping should be an integral part of new development and opportunities should be taken for the retention of existing trees and shrubs . . . . .

One has to ask why the trees of Mount Pleasant Road are praised as prime example.
The trees in York Road are more mature and healthy looking. They have to be integrated into a re-development.

27.01.03 - CALA Homes move in
- felling of amenity trees and demolition site set-up for Telephone House

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.