Daycare centre given nod despite protest

AN Elmsett man has been granted permission to run a children's day care centre from his home, despite opposition from the parish council and from neighbours.

AN Elmsett man has been granted permission to run a children's day care centre from his home, despite opposition from the parish council and from neighbours.

The application by Mark Cullham, of Whatfield Road, had been postponed from a previous meeting so that members of Babergh District Council's development committee could visit the site before making a decision.

At yesterday's meeting parish clerk Andrea Newman said Mr Cullham's house was a residential house in a residential road and the parish council was concerned about the impact his scheme would have on his neighbours from extra traffic and from noise.

Although planning officers had recommended that the part of his house that would be used could be sound proofed and outside play restricted to two hours a day, she said: "We believe it would not be possible or just for windows to remain closed or to restrict outside play to two hours during hot weather."

Councillors were told there were no day care facilities in the village but local member Brian Lazenby said that despite that he would oppose the plan because it was in the wrong place.

However, when it came to the vote the application was approved by 11 votes to one, without a condition limiting outdoor play but with conditions including limiting the maximum number of children to 12 and asking for a scheme for noise insulation to be agreed.

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