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Institution by Spursfan2 on 30 April 2012 6:40pm
Last week there was a paper delivered through local letterboxes, which informed us that there is a planning application for 'change of use' of a nearby property from residential to residential institution. We’ve been asked to write in and object.

According to the website of the company hoping to open the institution (they have already started advertising!) "The luxurious 8-bedroomed house will offer to men who have spent significant amounts of time detained under the Mental Health Act particularly sections 37, 37/41 and 3...”

It is understood that amongst the residents would be sexual offenders, and others would possibly be violent offenders. The building is just over a mile from a small village primary school. It is not in OUR village, but we would be affected by it, as according to the planning application one of its aims would be integrating the residents into and utilising the facilities of the three nearby villages, including ours.

Our particular village is tiny (no street lights, pubs, post office or shops) and has a high number of retired people living here (I don’t count myself in this, though I retired in my 40s!!). I did a check on a route planner and we are just over 2 miles away. The other two villages are slightly larger (and nearer). All 3 villages are rural and lovely places to live in. I hate to say it but they are all what I would call ‘posh’. [Hyacinth would be proud!!]

I am struggling a bit, as I am thinking ‘they have to go somewhere’ but also ‘NIMBY’!! (Non-UK residents – this means Not In My Back Yard).

I have written our objection and have been asked to write one for our neighbour (the one who is in her 80s and had a car accident – should be home in a couple of weeks hopefully).

Any (constructive0comments?
Re: Institution by johnnyBgood! on 30 April 2012 7:01pm
I'm just worried for the ex -sex offenders when Hyacinth tries to entice them with tea and cucumber sandwiches.;)

I'm offering you £25,000 for your bungalow Hyacinth. Next week, I'll offer you £18,000. ;)
Re: Institution by Spursfan2 on 1 May 2012 10:11am
THAT is one of the reasons we are objecting - NOT because of your offer, (lol - add a few noughts) but because of the drop in value that would doubtless happen!!

Hoping to go to a meeting at one of the other villages tomorrow night.

Oh and I have already printed invitations to my candle-light supper!!

Re: Institution by johnnyBgood! on 1 May 2012 1:08pm
Anne, I'd be delighted if I thought there was only 8 ex-offenders living within 2 miles of my house.

Live and let live.
Re: Institution by Spursfan2 on 1 May 2012 4:13pm
John, (though I know you are trying (and failing, may I add) to wind me up); if you read my 1st comment, you would see that I am fighting my conscience about this. I agree - live and let live (I refused to sign a petition about a proposed nearby gypsy/traveller site a few years ago).

The only objection I PERSONALLY have is that house prices are bound to go down. When we (hopefully) sell up in a few years and move to Turkey we want the full value of the property, not 1/3rd!!

Latest news today is that the application has been withdrawn I don't know why but according to the website of the planning dept there have been quite a few objections lodged already so perhaps that's why. However we will still send ours in.
Re: Institution by johnnyBgood! on 1 May 2012 5:33pm
I got it stopped Anne. When you ditch Zak and elope with me to Turkey, I want you to get a good price for your house. ;)

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