The applicant who is hoping to convert The Swan public house into a children’s nursery has appointed transport consultants Paul Mew Associates. They hope to make a case for the access to the Swan being adequate for a core of 30-35 full time children, 15 part time and 15 staff. They make the case that rural nurseries usually show a very high percentage of car use and quote two locations in Sussex as examples.
Buttercup Barn on Haywards Heath Road
You can drag the image around to see up and down the road. As you can see, the car park is open and spacious and has plenty of room for numerous vehicles.
Acorn Cottage in Antlands Road West, Horley
This one has a sizeable private car park and also benefits from being situated in a cul de sac, as the road was bisected by the M23 many years ago
Compare with the Swan
Parents and their small children would not be guaranteed a space directly outside the building (on a service road). If they were to use the council provided hard standing which the report refers to, they will be contending with the commercial/HGV traffic to both the Crown and to the landfill site at Meadhams Farm.
Just to illustrate the point even further, in the original covering letter, the applicant quotes local precedents for pubs which have been given permission for conversion to nurseries and off street parking does seem to be key.
The Bull at Bellingdon
The Kings Head at Prestwood
And this is how another local provider like to present their facilities
Old MacDonald’s Latimer
Old MacDonald’s Bovingdon
You can read all the submissions for this application and leave your comments here (deadline Friday 9th February): https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=P1MDU9ES09X00