Thwarted by panel over our disabled access plan
I REFER firstly to the story in the Evening Post on Thursday headlined “Controversial student flats approved”.
Included are the quotes: “After the development was turned down in August by the planning committee the decision was then deferred amid warnings of the appeal cost, and so that more discussions could take place about issues such as parking and rubbish collection.
“The developer spent £2 million revising the plans to reach the standard required for planning approval for the 654-bed student flats scheme.”
Unlike the above application that went through to the planning committee, our application for disabled access to our home under the Disabled Facilities Grant did not.
It was delegated to a unelected planning panel made up of four or five council officers who turned down our application, which was for ramps and disabled access to our home.
Unlike big developers as mentioned above I do not have £2 million or even £200 to amend the plans. In fact I was never given the opportunity even to see the plans that were drawn up by the authority on our behalf.
We have been requesting disabled access to our home for well over 20 years. And now everything has been recommended as urgently needed we are being thwarted by a planning panel of council officers.
I have appealed to the Planning Inspectorate, but this is a long, drawn-out process and I and my family are being made to suffer by the very people who purport to be helpful.
But then again, I am a 73-year-old disabled pensioner with a severely disabled family living in a council house – not in one of the thousands of student accommodations blighting all of Swansea that don’t pay any council tax… and seem to get carte blanche when it comes to planning. ANTHONY ROPER Townhill