A housing development next to a day nursery is ‘an accident waiting to happen’, according to a concerned councillor.
The homes on Wilford Lane – near where it meets Bruce Drive- faced opposition from residents and businesses, who fear for the safety of the Day Nursery’s children next door.
Rushcliffe Planning Committee gave the plans the go-ahead over a week ago.
The proposed site’s access road is used by the nursery to increase safety, acting as a one-way entry system.
The control the nursery has over its traffic will be lost when the development gets underway.
Ms Alison Putnar, who runs West Bridgford Day Nursery, stated her concerns on the planning application online: “The proposed development would adversely affect this [one-way entry]. In fact, residents would be exiting from the entrance to both the staff car park and parents’ drop-off points.
“This causes me grave concerns about the safety of my staff, parents and children.”
Councillor Wheeler shared Ms Putnar’s fears, saying the site was “a considerable safety risk to parents/ carers dropping off children at the Nursery.”
Councillor Phillips also objected, stating how visibility towards the eastern end of Wilford Lane was “not 45 metres of vision”, as planners ensured.
He added after the committee meeting: “Unfortunately, the planning officer gets the last say after myself and Mr Kirby had spoken at the meeting. We don’t get the opportunity to respond if we feel the officer has missed a point or not addressed a point fully. Perhaps we should.”
The councillor suggested the committee was hard-pressed to accept the application due to the borough’s need to deliver 13,000 new homes by 2028. he said:
“There is obviously pressure on the council to deliver these homes. The committee will form their own opinions, but they can only form those opinions on the evidence presented with each case.”
Neighbours of the site, Timothy Kirby and Paul Taylor, voiced their concerns to the committee too. Mr Taylor, who lives in the bungalow directly to the left of the access track, added to Councillor Phillips’ claims: “It’s not if but when an accident will take place on Wilford Lane. I say this with a number of near misses involving myself.
“I already have large buildings overlooking the front of my bungalow, the two sides are overlooked, and this proposed development will effectively turn my home into a goldfish bowl!”.
The impacts on the immediate area of the new development will remain to be seen, but it certainly will make an already congested area even busier.
Mr Kirby made this clear, telling the committee how he ‘often has to wait three to five minutes’ to pull his car out onto Wilford Lane.
If you wish to voice your own opinion about this proposed development, please visit planningon-line.rushcliffe.gov.uk/online-applications.