Planning C refused planning permission for a 64 place nursery at 60 Manor Avenue tonight. After a full hour of evidence and debate, Cllr John Muldoon failed to get support from the other members of the committee for his proposal to accept. Following advice from officers Cllr Cathy Priddey and Cllr Sue Luxton proposed to reject the application on account of the detrimental impact of the 3m acoustic fence on neighbouring amenity and the impact on parking.
I spoke against the application citing the concerns of the fence, the loss of residential use, the impact on the contra-flow cycle lane in Ashby Road and noise. However I am not fundamentally opposed to nurseries and I also believe they can operate successfully in residential areas. But this nursery, for 64 places, would have been a particularly intensive operation in what is currently a quiet residential street. In short it appears that the commercial rationale for such a large nursery resulted in unacceptable impacts on other residents.