Rural Solutions have secured planning permission for a new purpose built day nursery that will allow the client to increase the number of children from 80 to 150. The age ranges from baby to 14 years of age.
The wish to expand is driven by the need to accommodate the increase in free hours of childcare for 3-4 year olds, which the Government are introducing from September 2017.
Rural Solutions undertook initial pre-application discussions with Selby Council on a separate parcel of land to the north of the village. Feedback from the Council was not particularly favourable so Rural Solutions recommended redeveloping the site of the existing day nursery.
The site was located outside the village settlement boundary to the rear of the client’s residential property in the open countryside. The proposed development was not insignificant in size with the building being approximately 990 square metres in area. A single-storey approach was therefore taken to minimise the impact and playfully-designed timber cladding helps to provide an appropriate and sensitive feel to the building.
Prior to the submission of the application the importance of attaining local support was stressed to the client who was very proactive in generating local support from the Parish Council, local residents and head teachers at nearby primary schools. The application saw more than a dozen letters of support and no letters of objection. As more than 10 letters of support were received it meant that the application could only be heard at Planning Committee should the officer choose to recommend refusal of the application.
Rural Solutions kept in regular contact with the Case Officer discussing and answering any queries throughout the application and addressing any initial concerns. As such the Case Officer was confident to support the planning application and a decision was subsequently issued under delegated powers.