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Trial Ground - Planning Meeting 27.06.2018 – Speech by Rosie Till

I have 3 points:
1) Whilst the general principle of a development and site access were approved 3 years ago at the outline planning stage; surely, it is imperative that all aspects of change surrounding the site must be reviewed and taken into account before assuming that it is still appropriate and valid today. We feel this has not happened.
2) We note that the LPO report does not contain any comment from the County Highway Authority & therefore we would question whether the application should have reached committee at this stage, as without prior consideration no one has been able to review or comment on their findings.
3) Notwithstanding the above...
My husband has a life-limiting disease. We have repeatedly asked & pleaded with both the highways and the applicant to consult with us to take his needs into account.
We don’t object to the development itself, but we cannot have the sole access to the site in such close proximity to our drive.
The Transportation Review completely failed to take into account 3 points:
our needs
that there is allocated parking for 139 vehicles on the site
and that we have up to 15 vehicles per day accessing our property.
It also failed to take into account the fact that my husband’s route out of our home in his wheelchair would be completely cut off with the position of the planned site access. No appropriate solution has been proposed.
We would ask you not to take away his last bit of mobility and freedom.
All that this committee needs to do, if it grants permission, is to place the site entrance closer to or even at the traffic island.
It’s not a big ask, but it will have a profound effect on our lives.

If planning permission is granted, and the site access remains where it is then I will fight tooth and nail to protect what remains of my husband’s freedom and quality of life.
We don’t want to go down this route, but if we have to, we'll bring a discrimination claim under the Equality Act 2010 due to the failure to make reasonable adjustments.
We will also seek judicial review due to the failure to consult properly in the highway and transportation process, and bring a nuisance claim to effectively shut down access to the site.
We’ve already suffered enough stress and anxiety through this process which is becoming intolerable, so we’d ask one more time,
to make one simple adjustment to the planning application
and avoid all the future hassle for us, the council, and the applicant from the protracted legal, political and media battles that would lie ahead.