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'Grand Designs' House Gets Green Light

Monday November 3 2014

PLANS for a Grand Designs-style house combined with a therapeutic care centre have been approved - despite the site being in the green belt.

Barnsley Council planners advised against approving the five-bedroom proposal, close to Scout Dike reservoir, but members of the planning board ignored their recommendation.

The building will function as a home, as well as an education and care facility using art - in particular sculpture - for educational and therapeutic purposes.

Applicants Mr and Mrs Simms argued that while housing is deemed inappropriate in the green belt, their application, for Lakeside View, Penistone, warranted 'very special circumstances'.

Coun May Noble said: "I think it's a superb site. It takes people out of what is an urban environment they're sometimes locked into, to somewhere like this that is very, very different for them.

"We don't have anything else like this in Barnsley and I think we''d be missing out if we don't support it."

The application received seven objections from local residents and opposition from Penistone Town Council but 30 letters of support were submitted to the council.

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Reply Posted by Alice on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 10:10
Keep closing off our beautiful countryside and turning it into a private fiefdom for those rich and privileged enough to build their country piles in it, then. We're going back to the dark ages. Next thing you know, these toffs will be after closing footpaths around Scout Dike, to protect their precious 'privacy.' It is a superb site - and it should be for all local residents and tourists to enjoy, not for people to parcel off and close off.

If you want to build an arts centre, great - build an arts centre, get funding from the Arts Council or other relevant bodies, but live somewhere else! This just seems like a way of getting planning permission for your Grand Design, and I suspect the arts side of it will either never open or will swiftly close, leaving Mr and Mrs Simms with a nice big posh house in our countryside.

Reply Posted by Donking on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 10:27
whats the point of having highly paid professional planners if their views are overtuned by the equally highly paid numptys in the council chambers

Reply Posted by cp on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 14:00
so who's back pocket did that wedge of cash go into?

Reply Posted by Paul Brears on Tuesday November 4 2014 at 23:45
This is insignificant compared to the amount of greenbelt BMBC are proposing to concrete over, check out the draft local plan and weep.

Reply Posted by Dixie on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 11:55
erll done again the planning board, the £s ring up and another chunk of greenbelt disappears!!!

Reply Posted by Bernard Goddard on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 14:33
I don't live in South Yorkshire anymore although this is where my roots are hence my interest in what is happening. But I am amused at with your comments being either tribal, in the case of Alice or just naive in the case of Donking.. What do you expect from a life time of Labour administration in Barnsley and District. Nothing will ever change until you do! Labour Councillors, once gaining office, will be returned at every election for life. The answer is to get rid of these " highly paid numptys " as Donking so eloquently called them. No good bleating when the answer is in your own hands. Because everyone knows that Labour are rubbish at government both local and national

Reply Posted by ray on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 20:51
I agree bernard but who should we vote for? As far as i can tell there are no viable alternatives

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday November 6 2014 at 09:27
There are NO viable alternatives unfortunately.
Not that I would ever vote Labour, Tory , Lib Dem and while ever I have a hole in my backside I will never vote UKIP.
UKIP is nothing more than a protest vote and the only credible policy they have is the one on immigration.
The rest are even more right wing than the Tories.

Yes they are going to win a LOT of votes from people that have had enough of the Tories, Lib Dums and Labour.
But, and I will keep banging the same drum, if anyone seriously thinks that UKIP will bring in millions of jobs, prosperity and a better way of life to the people of our green and pleasant land then they are clearly deluded.

Reply Posted by Roge on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 22:13
May Noble, says its for a good cause and should be supported...but that's not the point..Such applications are made and granted about the appearance and suitability of the BUILDING....now others wanting to build on the same site, have a precident ...

Reply Posted by Bernard Goddard on Thursday November 6 2014 at 12:27
Well Stevo I live in North West Leicestershire and have a Tory MP. Just look at our country as a whole. The parts that have always voted Labour are mostly failures. Those with a Tory administration are in the main booming, indeed have lead the recovery. Labour do nothing when in government either local or in Westminster. They appear to be quite happy to do nothing just as long as the population bump along on benefits. Well it's not like that where I live. Our MP is constantly on the look out for inward investment and high quality jobs. Having been to Cudworth, Brierly, shafton and Grimethorpe recently, then that clearly isn't the case. But I agree with you that UKIP are definitely not the answer. A Tory MP would be. It's time to put aside old prejudices and give The Tories a chance