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Couple win in nursery battle

A COUPLE are jubilant after winning an appeal to open a day nursery facility in Lakenheath. Pat and Tony Tippett, of Broome Road Close, in Lakenheath, applied to change the use of a double garage into a children’s day nursery, at the rear of Butterfly Cottage, Eriswell Road in January 2002.

Their application was refused by Forest Heath District Council on the grounds it would create noise and disturbance to neighbours.

But the couple were determined to continue the fight and appealed against the decision, which they have now won. They now hope to open Butterflies Day Nursery in August.

Mrs Tippett, who first worked with children in 1974, said: “We saw the property in June 2001 and thought it would be ideal for a nursery. We bought it and put in the planning application but it was refused in April 2002.”

“I was a bit put out, especially as we had a letter of support from the headteacher of Lakenheath Primary School,” she said.

They enlisted the help of planning consultants Woolley & Company, of Church Lane, Freckenham, and lodged their appeal in October 2002. The planning inspector came out to view the site in March this year.

The Tippetts were told of their success on March 25. Permission has been granted with conditions that they cater for no more than 20 children, open from 8am to 6pm and widen the driveway. They will also have to put in a double drop kerb and smooth the surface of the driveway – to lessen the effects of noise.

“We are also putting in a kitchen, toilets and a conservatory and landscaping the garden,” Mrs Tippett added.

James Sims-Williams of Woolley & Company, said: “We looked at the facts of the case and thought it was ridiculous. It is very good for Lakenheath. Mrs Tippett received a lot of support from neighbours and Suffolk Acre and the parish council but it was the planning department at the district council which wasn’t happy about how it might affect the neighbours,” he explained.


Bury Free Press Friday | April 18, 2003

April 18th, 2003
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