Councillors reject plans to turn Urmston garage into assisted living accommodation, against officers’ recommendations

Messenger Newspapers: Councillors reject plans to turn Urmston garage into assisted living accommodation, against officers’ recommendations Councillors reject plans to turn Urmston garage into assisted living accommodation, against officers’ recommendations

COUNCILLORS rejected an application to turn a garage into supported living accommodation for people with learning disabilities, against planning officers’ recommendations.


Around 40 residents of Wibbersley Park, in Urmston, turned up at the Trafford planning committee meeting, on April 10, to express their objection to the application.


Applicant Simon Hartland, who was not at the meeting, had wanted to turn the single-storey garage of his property – on the junction of Irlam Road and Wibbersley Park – into a two-storey conversion, providing three en-suite bedrooms and an open-plan kitchen/dining and lounge room.


The proposal stipulated that the third, smaller bedroom would be for the use of a carer to stay overnight and that four parking spaces would be provided.


But speaking on behalf of Wibbersley Park residents, ward councillor, Paul Lally, said the very small site is unfit for ‘the most vulnerable people in our society’.


“I have grave concerns about quality of life within this particular project,” he said.


Cllr Lally also expressed disquiet that six to eight cars could be parked at the address at one time and the impact this could have on road safety.


Kicking off a lengthy debate, Cllr Laurence Walsh said a number of people expressing a particular view would not sway the committee’s decision, but he did feel sympathy for the residents.


Cllr Brian Shaw said: “I think it won’t be long until we have accidents there.”
But Labour councillors Phil Gratrix, Ejaz Malik, John Smith and Dolores O’Sullivan voted in favour of the application.


Cllr O’Sullivan said: “It seems a very tasteful redevelopment, I like what I see.”


Committee chairman and ward councillor, Viv Ward, said: “If this has been anyone else’s ward I wouldn’t be happy with it.”


The application was refused by nine votes to four.

 

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4:02pm Mon 21 Apr 14

mms98 says...

Got to love the council , they build a massive extension at Sale town hall and have how many car park spaces? NONE. They rebuild Stretford town hall and have how many public parking spaces? 12,which are filled by staff.

They have 145 Black cabs in trafford and only 60 rank spaces and they want to add another 15? with no new rank spaces available.

So this development would have made 4 spaces but sometimes they would need 8?

Think the councillors need to get a grip on the real world.

They have closed places where these supported living places are desperatley needed because they wanted to sell trafford assets and now have to pay other councils to look after trafford residents.

Brilliant job councillors!!

The most needed in our society applaud your ethics.
Got to love the council , they build a massive extension at Sale town hall and have how many car park spaces? NONE. They rebuild Stretford town hall and have how many public parking spaces? 12,which are filled by staff. They have 145 Black cabs in trafford and only 60 rank spaces and they want to add another 15? with no new rank spaces available. So this development would have made 4 spaces but sometimes they would need 8? Think the councillors need to get a grip on the real world. They have closed places where these supported living places are desperatley needed because they wanted to sell trafford assets and now have to pay other councils to look after trafford residents. Brilliant job councillors!! The most needed in our society applaud your ethics. mms98
  • Score: 5

4:11pm Mon 21 Apr 14

mms98 says...

And to make yourselfs look good at Stretford town hall, you build 20 Disabled parking spaces, which are never filled with disabled vehicles.

So you like to be seen to be doing the right thing as its on your door step but where are the disabled supposed to live or have respite? Out of the borough where they cant be seen?

Time to bring in a different party I believe, someone who actually cares about trafford residents,workers and Trafford!!
And to make yourselfs look good at Stretford town hall, you build 20 Disabled parking spaces, which are never filled with disabled vehicles. So you like to be seen to be doing the right thing as its on your door step but where are the disabled supposed to live or have respite? Out of the borough where they cant be seen? Time to bring in a different party I believe, someone who actually cares about trafford residents,workers and Trafford!! mms98
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Mon 21 Apr 14

fedman says...

When did Wibbersley Park move from Flixton to Urmston???
When did Wibbersley Park move from Flixton to Urmston??? fedman
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