So it's official, the third and final planning application is now live, and this is told to the world by the prominent display of a yellow laminated sign at the bottom of the driveway. In addition everyone who has previously commented on past applications will have been notified that we have withdrawn the old application, I expect also leading to the notification that we are back in planning, again!
Throughout this process we have seen those who are avidly against our plans object strongly, several support strongly, and many say that they really just don't mind what we are doing.... If I recall correctly the ratio of objectors at the last outing represented a total of 2.5% of the local community.
Those who pass comment verbally that they don't really mind what we do, and in some cases even say what a good idea it is, often don't think it's worth logging on to air their views in a public manner. However, the consequence of no action is that the negatives become so much more overpowering and the case 'for' can easily be overwhelmed by the public case being made against.
Human nature is often to take the easy path, and doing nothing is always the easiest route by far! But when you are tackling something as large as a place like this then support from those around you is absolutely invaluable. Word of mouth as to how good your services are is a good example of such support, and so much of our business thus far has come via word of mouth referrals, on both the James Place and Penton Park front....
We genuinely and passionately believe that the path we are on is the right one for Penton Lodge, we care about keeping the house open to the disabled community via James's Place and we also believe that it is a house absolutely suitable for hosting parties and events.
Several objections on previous versions of our application, have cited James Place as failing, yet those objectors have never once asked about the attendance levels at our day care centre. Others have said how detrimental the events are to our members, yet they have never talked to our members and asked them what they think, and whilst they may have a learning or physical disability this doesn't mean they don't have a worthy opinion of their own.
At the moment the supporters are winning out with a 3-1 ratio in favor which is a rather enjoyable position to be in, however i'm sure it won't be too long until some familiar names lodge some familiar comments!
If you are interested in tracking the application to see what all the fuss is about then you can do so by clicking here and entering our planning reference which is: 14/02418/FULLN
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