When is a metre not a metre? When it supports a Barratt Homes planning application!

Eagled eyed residents recently spotted a new document from “pba”, one of Barratt Homes’ associates.   The new document added to the councils planning website on March 19th titled “ADDENDUM NOTE – CORRECTION TO PLANNING STATEMENT” purports to correct previous errors in the planning application regarding the distances to nurseries from the site.  However, the “corrected” distances are in-fact “incorrect”.  Readers familiar with the tactics of Barratt Homes and their associates will not be surprised by this.

They now say;

“‘Nurseries: there are five nurseries within approximately 3km of the application site, with three having a ‘good’ Ofsted rating –Trentham Pre-School (2.5km), Meadowside Nursery (2.7km) and Hanford Day Nursery (3km).’”

However, the selective use of “the application site” for the starting point for the measurements is mis-leading.  The measurements for the purposes of determining walking distances should be taken from the centre of the site to fairly represent the average distance someone would have to walk.

With this in mind here are the real distances; A straight line from the site entrance to the last house on the site is 654m.  The shortest planned walking route from the last house to the entrance will be over 700m, so we conservatively use 300m as the Site Centre distance.  It is then a further 600m to the end of Meadow Lane.

Centre of site to end of Meadow Lane

Simply walking from the centre of the site to the end of Meadow Lane takes most journeys beyond the official acceptable limit for journeys on foot.  For ease of measurement, we’ve measured the distances in meters to each location from the end of Meadow Lane and added the additional 900m to each specific figure below to give us the actual distance.

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Straight line measurement from site entrance to the last house.

Straight line measurement from site entrance to the last house 654m. Foot routes considerably longer.

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Entrance to site to the end of Meadow Lane = 600m + to centre of site (300m) = Total 900m


Nurseries

The journey to nurseries goes way beyond the acceptable limit and indeed even the “corrected” data supplied by Barratt’s associate “psb” misrepresents the distances for journeys on foot.

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Actual vs Official acceptable distances

Misrepresentation of distances

Misrepresentation of distances for journeys on foot

Trentham Pre-School Nursery 1900m + 900m = 2800m

Trentham Pre-School Nursery 1900m + 900m = 2800m

Meadowside Nursery 2130m + 900m = 3030m

Meadowside Nursery 2130m + 900m = 3030m

Hanford Day Nursery 2670m +900m = 3570m

Hanford Day Nursery 2670m +900m = 3570m


Now the rest!

Having found issues with the “corrected” data, we followed up and checked the other claims made by Barratt Homes and their associates.  The result was somewhat predictable.  Yes you’re right, they’re conveniently incorrect!

All of the local amenities are outside of the official "acceptable" distance.

All of the local amenities are outside of the official “acceptable” distance.

Misrepresentation of distances.

Misrepresentation of distances.

Drs Surgery, Brinsley Avenue 1000m + 900m = 1900m.

Drs Surgery, Brinsley Avenue 1000m + 900m = 1900m.

Aldi = 702m + 900m = 1602m.

Aldi = 702m + 900m = 1602m.

Ash Green Primary School 400m + 900m = 1300m.

Ash Green School 400m + 900m = 1300m.

Trentham High School 1680m + 900m = 2580m.

Trentham High School 1680m + 900m = 2580m.

ATM & BP Garage 62m + 900m = 962m.

ATM & BP Garage 62m + 900m = 962m.

Post Office & Bargain Booze 191m + 900m = 1091m.

Post Office & Bargain Booze 191m + 900m = 1091m.

Nearest Bus Stop 107m + 900m = 1007m.

Nearest Bus Stop 107m + 900m = 1007m.

Dunrobin Medical Centre 3730m + 900m = 4630m.

Dunrobin Medical Centre 3730m + 900m = 4630m.

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4 thoughts on “When is a metre not a metre? When it supports a Barratt Homes planning application!

    • Hello Keith, this was another team effort between Kevin and myself. Glad you like it.

      I have to say that I’ve been absolutely amazed at the lack of professionalism and ethics deployed to support this application. It goes to show that Council Planning Officers should not trust ANYTHING put forward by Barratt Homes and their Associates. Every statement they make needs to be checked and validated.

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  1. Amongst many other dog walkers, Adventure Pet Care enjoy walking at the meadow with our dogs. It would be a real shame to lose this land. We have had happy times here and hopefully many more to come.

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