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An Enfield nursery has been given a lifeline as a planning committee looks for a compromise over garden playtime
A nursery was given a lifeline in its bid to continue using its garden as a children's play area.
Officials had recommended refusing Nursery on the Green in Chase Side, Enfield, planning permission after complaints from neighbours.
But Enfield Borough Council's planning committee agreed unanimously that the nursery can continue to allow children to play until an agreement can be reached.
Nine children at a time will be allowed to play outside between 10am and 11.30am and 2.30pm and 6pm for the next six months to allow time for a new application which benefits both the nursery and neighbours.
Complaints about noise formed the basis of all 12 objections, but a compelling speech from owner Kaye Wildman did much to persuade many councillors.
Mrs Wildman spoke of the need for an enclosed garden for children ranging from five months to four years old. The owner also highlighted Enfield as the worst area in the UK for obesity among under fives in a speech applauded by residents who came to support the nursery.
After the committee decision, the nursery owner said: “I will fight tooth and nail for this, what they have just done up there is overruled the refusal and that’s a start. We didn’t get an overwhelming yes but we had support from many councillors and have six more months, which is something on the table, and 740 signatures in a petition shows the support we’ve had in the borough.
“I was dreading perhaps going back tomorrow and saying that we can’t use the garden full stop. How do you explain to a three-year-old that they can’t use the garden anymore so this now gives us an opportunity to continue on. We want to work with neighbours and the council to find a compromise.”
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