Sutton Council approve plans to build homes on controversial site in Sutton

How the home used to look in 2009

How the home used to look in 2009

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Plans to build nine houses on the site of a former home for severely disabled adults have been approved despite the council receiving scores of complaints.

Planning developers want to demolish the existing buildings in Cedar Close which, up until 2009, housed a tight-knit community of 15 adults with severe and mental handicaps.

When Sutton Council moved the community out three years ago, relatives of the residents mounted an unsuccessful campaign to try and stop the plans.

An application by developers Boultbee for three one bedroomed, seven four bedroomed and one five bedroom houses was approved by Sutton Council in June 2011.

However as the council received more than ten complaints about the plans, developers had to report to the council's development control committee on Wednesday before it was rubber stamped.

After 42 letters were sent to nearby residents, 28 replies were received - 20 of which were in the form of a letter raising objections.

Among the complaints were objections to the height and bulk of the proposed buildings, an increase in traffic and the new gated estate would be "out of keeping with the character of Salisbury Road."

The development control committee approved the plans on Wednesday (January 9), but the commitee said the site cannot be gated and developers must plant semi-mature trees.

A council spokesman said: "The former health service patients of Cedar Close were successfully transferred in 2009 into their own bespoke accommodation designed to meet their individual needs.

"The Orchard Hill resettlement was independently researched and attracted national and international interest for the positive outcomes achieved."

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6:41pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Wait right there says...

Dear Mr Pepper

We realise that you feel that you are destined for greater things. However democracy does not allow public officials to "rubber stamp" a particular opinion/ development. Whilst journalists can write what they wish and attribute opinions to an un named source elected officials are accountable.

In other words report the facts not your opinion
Dear Mr Pepper We realise that you feel that you are destined for greater things. However democracy does not allow public officials to "rubber stamp" a particular opinion/ development. Whilst journalists can write what they wish and attribute opinions to an un named source elected officials are accountable. In other words report the facts not your opinion Wait right there
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3:42pm Sat 12 Jan 13

GreenBrown says...

What democracy? We haven't really got democracy in this country, we've got a broken, out of date system that doesn't really reflect the views and mood of the nation and it's not been fixed or changed because it suits the powers that be just fine. Shame on them. You've only got to read the Rotten Boroughs section in Private Eye to see how corrupt and awful local council and it's decision makers can be.
What democracy? We haven't really got democracy in this country, we've got a broken, out of date system that doesn't really reflect the views and mood of the nation and it's not been fixed or changed because it suits the powers that be just fine. Shame on them. You've only got to read the Rotten Boroughs section in Private Eye to see how corrupt and awful local council and it's decision makers can be. GreenBrown
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