Thwarted by panel over our dis­abled ac­cess plan

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

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

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