Warminster Town Council has rejected plans to expand a nursery in Westbury Road.
While accepting that there was a need for a nursery, councillors felt that this was not a suitable location.
The planning application is to change use of part of the building from residential to nursery uses and to permit the number of children allowed to attend the nursery from 45 to 70.
Councillors made the following points:
· This is a residential area and unsuitable for this type of use
· 70 children make a lot of noise, if the noise was coming from an industrial site, planners would be much tougher.
· The number of children attending is approaching that of a school, but in a building ¼ of the size.
· There are concerns about children being cramped inside if the weather was bad.
· There are concerns about insufficient toilet and other facilities
· There are concerns about the volume of traffic created by having 70 children dropped off and picked up
Speaking after the meeting, the Chairman of the Planning Advisory Committee, Councillor Steve Jeffries said: “The Town Council opposed the last application for this site, and is even more strongly opposed to this expansion plan.” “One of the reasons for having planning policies is so that development occurs in the most appropriate places. This is not an appropriate site for a nursery for 70 children.”
“We are only an advisory Committee, but we hope that Wiltshire Council will pay attention to our views when they make a decision on this application.”