Cllr Paul Oliver-Smith
Chairman Operational Services Board
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Town Hall, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1RS
21 November 2001
Dear Cllr Oliver-Smith
Telephone House Development
Special Operational Services Board Meeting - 27 November 2001
On behalf of the Telephone House Neighbours Association I wish to make the following statement and add a few points at the above mentioned Board meeting:
The Telephone House Neighbours Association regards the report drawn up by Mr Haynes as not objective and impartial as it has been conducted by an officer of the Council who, apart from being a colleague of those whose actions are the subject of this enquiry, quite deliberately did not consult residents as part of his investigation.
(We had submitted our list of questions to the Chief Executive on 6 June 2001 and 29 August 2001 and 17 October 2001).
For the following reasons alone, we recommend that you do not approve the report.
In Mr Haynesí report vital points have not been addressed:
- Point 7 and 29
It was clear to all who were present in the Council Chamber at the Western Area Planning Committee meeting of October 2000, (and Mr Haynes was not present) that the Committee were minded to refuse the planning application for almost identical reasons to those given by officers when refusing the first application, as was specifically suggested by Cllr Mills.
Mr Eveleigh publicly told the Members of the WAPC that they could not use the same reasons for refusing the second application as they had been used for refusing the first application.
- Point 14
The report fails to mention that officers instructed the applicant not to meet with residents, at any stage, which would easily have avoided the second planning application refusal and subsequently the costly inquiry.
Policy H6(a) was leaked to Crest Nicholsonís agent Barton Willmore prior to its adoption by the Operational Services Board on 10th May.
The impact of Policy H6(a) has nowhere been addressed in Mr Haynesí report.
- Points 46 and 47
Although Mr Haynes professes to avoid the issue of blame he squarely places it at Membersí feet when it should be at officersí.
cc: John Haynes, Director of Operational Services
Cllrs. Leonard Price, Roy Bullock
What went wrong with the Telephone House Planning Applications ?
The uneasy questions to the Chief Executive Rodney Stone and other senior officers of TWBC
2003, the questions are still unanswered - they are as intriguing as in 2001.
April 2002 - CALA Homes aquired this planning application from Crest Nicholson.
With an ever increasing awareness of the flaws in the design? - Foundations for sustainable and viable development ?
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's Internal Inquiry into
the Telephone House Debacle
The Telephone House Neighbours Association, Tunbridge Wells
The aims are to heighten peoples' awareness and concern for the controversial high density development on
Telephone House site, Church Road / York Road, Tunbridge Wells.