Sunday, 17 January 2010

Controversial Dorridge nursery wants more places

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to turn a Dorridge home into a nursery could take on more children if permission is given by council chiefs.

A planning application has been submitted for the nursery at 85 Grange Road to take on 26 children.

Permission was given by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council last year for 20 children.

But the applicant, Mrs S Bains, appealed this to the national Planning Inspectorate in a bid to have it take on 36 children, which was turned down.

The inspectorate's report said allowing 36 children would have “an unacceptable impact on highway safety” as parents dropped them off and picked them up.

The plan “would lead to increased likelihood of conflict and risk of accident between vehicles” it found.

And it said: “I also find that there would be greater dangers to pedestrians, including children and their carers crossing the road and coming and going from their vehicles.”

The plan angered some residents when considered by the council, which will now decide whether to let it take on 26 children.

David Girling: “There is insufficient parking at the premises for parents to park and drop off their children which leaves the options of parking on Grange Road or in nearby roads.”

Peter Foweles said: “This is a residential location and the site is inappropriate for commercial use. Traffic generated from this site will lead to dangers.”

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