Demolition of the former Fenman Public House and erection of a new children’s nursery – Appeal Allowed.

Demolition of the former Fenman Public House and erection of a new children’s nursery – Appeal Allowed.

The Secretary of State Planning Inspector has allowed the appeal against refusal for the nursery application on the old Fenman public house site due to concerns regarding parking and traffic.

In essence, the inspector concluded that the reasons for refusal by the planning committee were not strong enough when there was a recognised need for nursery spaces in the area and that those concerns could be addressed by way of planning conditions.

The demolition of the old Fenman and construction of the nursery can therefore now proceed subject to the conditions set.

The need for nursery spaces was never considered a reason for refusal rather fears about the increase in traffic and parking were the real concerns of residents and these were put forward at the planning committee hearing.
The planning committee agreed and refused permission.
The right of appeal to the government inspector is a lawful and democratic part of the planning system and the result is final so we must accept this decision whilst ensuring the conditions set are adhered to.
Residents opposed to the development will I know be very disappointed at this decision whilst those wanting the nursery will be looking forward the extra provision promised.