It’s a double yes as councillors agree to children’s nursery for Doddington and child minding business in Whittlesey

16:10 06 February 2014

50 Benwick Road, Doddington: application for a children

50 Benwick Road, Doddington: application for a children's nursery has been submitted


A woman’s bid to open a children’s nursery in Doddington has been approved by Fenland District Council Planning Committee.

The proposal to use The Hermitage in Benwick Road for a nursery for up to 40 children faced opposition from the parish council and from her neighbour, Councillor David Connor.

Cllr Connor stood aside from the debate last Wednesday to oppose the application by the committee, by a majority vote, agreed to allow it.

Diane Oswald , who has experience of running similar nurseries in the Huntingdon area, can begin preparing for the first intake.

There was also good news for a couple from Whittlesey who had run a child minding business looking after 18 youngsters at their home for the past 11 years but was threatened closure after complaints from neighbours about noise.

The committee agreed a change of use at 21 Glenfields, Whittlesey, for use of part of the house for child minding.

The committee felt the “established use does not harm the community or impact on highways”.

Wendy and Andy Whitwell succeeded in winning retrospective planning consent although councillors put in a clause restricting its use as a child minding business to them specifically.

They were also told not to exceed 25 children at any one time.


  • Disappointing to see the local community and Parish Councils views have been ignored. What a sad day for the Hermitage in Doddington.Having already had its gardens destroyed for housing, the victorian fountain will now become a car park. Will be interesting to see if traffic accidents increase on this road which is totally unsuitable for more traffic.

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    Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • Dear really, You obviously know none of the background to the Hermitage which was on the market for three years with no buyers. If you have £500K then perhaps you should contact the owner and take it on but you will need deep pockets as it is a money pit needing almost continual work on it. The victorian fountain for your information has been removed, stripped to its components, grit blasted and is currently being painted before being replaced in a new pond in the garden along with the fish. Finally Highways approved the planning application taking into account the road and traffic conditions

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    Friday, February 7, 2014

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