I have just returned from holiday and am horrified to learn the latest news about the proposed Slmma Development.
I am stunned as to how matters have been dealt with since the start.
We have been patronised and treated with contempt by some of the council.
The planning committee refused permission 10 to two, on 22nd August last year, stating the demolition of this building and the plans submitted were unsuitable.
They objected to the demolition of a beautiful historic building and it was said the proposal was more suitable to an inner city sight, which was exactly how we felt..
We expected an appeal, what we did not expect was that on 20th September we be notified this would be by way of the Written Representation procedure by the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.
We objected and it was agreed that this would be an open hearing at Moorland House on 11th February.
The applicant had applied for a Demolition Certificate before the planning hearing and this was granted without pre-conditions, which seems to be very strange as the subsequent planning application was for "demolition and rebuilding" at the site. I cannot understand how this was allowed to happen
I must emphasise at this point that the residents have always made it quite clear that we understand the need for low cost housing, but in this instance the proposal was totally inappropriate and needed to be reviewed and completely new ideas put forward.
The report in your paper on 2nd July issue and the letters in the 9th July issue, set out quite clearly our feelings and we reiterate our concerns as to how this has been handled and the many questions we want answering.
Hopefully, these will be clarified when more information under the Freedom of Information Act is available..
It is sincerely hoped that by now the council is aware that we will not go away and will continue to fight for what we feel is right. Christine Botham, Leek