Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

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Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

Post by Guest on Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:23 am

I just can't stop crying: Sharron's despair as planners allow care home next door to her mansion
Athlete and mother vows to fight the ruling 'tooth and nail' and will challenge council's decision through law
Says she was happy with original care home proposals but that new, expanded plan looks 'awful, just like a prison'
'People think that because you are in the public eye you are loaded - but that is just not true...I am a hard working single mum who has bought this beautiful family home'

Sharron Davies says she ‘can’t stop crying’ after being defeated in a planning battle which will see her home overshadowed by an ‘unsightly’ multi-million-pound property development.

The former Olympic swimmer has been contesting an application to build a large private care home opposite her £1.1million Grade II-listed mansion.

And yesterday she broke down in tears after councillors gave the scheme the go-ahead.

The 49-year-old mother of three, who won silver in the 400m individual medley at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, claims the development plans for the facility in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, have been radically changed since she bought her Georgian house.

She added that, with the help of a lawyer, she planned to continue her fight ‘tooth and nail’.

The former Dancing on Ice contestant said she and her neighbours were appalled that permission had been granted at a council meeting on Wednesday night.

She said: ‘The whole thing has been snuck under the radar and it is so unfair.
‘People think that because you are in the public eye you are loaded – but that is just not true.
‘I could not afford to lose my deposit when I found out about [the building plans].

‘I am a hard-working single mum who has bought this beautiful family home in this lovely place, but that dream has now evaporated.’

Miss Davies, who is separated from her third husband, said that permission would never have been granted for the building if it was not used to house the elderly.

She continued: ‘Everybody could see that the planners felt that if it wasn’t a care home then they would have voted it down.

‘That means it should not have been approved. The decision was made on emotions.

‘We are not against care homes, just the size, mass and appearance of this building which will be so close to our homes.’

Miss Davies bought her house on the site of a former hospital in September, knowing that private care home provider Castlemead, of which Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is a major shareholder, had outlined plans for a 42-bed centre in its grounds.

Miss Davies said she was happy with the original proposals.

But just 48 hours later she learned that the plans had ‘radically’ expanded.

She said: ‘I have never objected to a care home being there but they have increased the capacity by 50 per cent, from 42 to 63.

‘It is going to be on four storeys and looks awful, just like a prison.

‘The hypocrisy is that Castlemead will be able to charge a premium for residents having a view of lovely listed buildings, while those of us who have paid for and live in the houses will have a view of a horrible prison.
‘It will be so close that I will be able to see the whites of residents’ eyes as they sit in their community room, which will be on two levels.’


Dream in tatters: The Grade II Listed home in Bradford-upon-Avon, Wiltshire, cost £1.1m and is on the site of the town's former hospital



Plans: The red circle shows the site of Ms Davies' home, while the blue is the proposed site of the new 63-room care home

Councillors voted by eight to four to give the green light to the controversial plan.
The proposal had already been supported by local health campaigners.

John Cottle, chairman of the town’s community healthcare forum, said: ‘We are delighted that after several false starts councillors have approved our plan.’

A spokesman for Castlemead said work would begin in the summer, with the home opening in 2013.

However Miss Davies said: ‘My barrister believes I have a very strong case and I am determined to fight this as far as I can.

‘If this goes to judicial review then it will be judged purely on a planning, legal argument instead of emotions. I am convinced that the outcome will be very different.’

Miss Davies standing at the edge of her property behind which developers are planning to build the care complex

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2082634/Sharron-Davies-weeps-council-approves-care-home-garden.html#ixzz1ilpCSnQp

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Re: Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:38 pm

She needs her husband to use the "Race Card"! Twisted Evil

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Re: Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:02 pm

MrDoodles wrote:She needs her husband to use the "Race Card"! Twisted Evil

That really showed you up.

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Re: Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:14 pm

sassy1261 wrote:

That really showed you up.

In what way exactly? Question

We all know that it's used all the time and that if it was a Black athletes house, the Council don't dare take them on for fear of being branded "Racist" Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:16 pm

MrDoodles wrote:

In what way exactly? Question

We all know that it's used all the time and that if it was a Black athletes house, the Council don't dare take them on for fear of being branded "Racist" Evil or Very Mad

Sad, very very sad.

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Re: Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:18 pm

sassy1261 wrote:

Sad, very very sad.

No, just the truth often hurts sassy! Twisted Evil

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:21 pm

MrDoodles wrote:

No, just the truth often hurts sassy! Twisted Evil

Except that is not the truth, just bigotry.

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:26 pm

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Except that is not the truth, just bigotry.

IYO! Twisted Evil

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Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:31 pm

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IYO! Twisted Evil

In any sane, rational persons opinion, who does not have BNP tattooed on their forehead.

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Re: Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:14 pm

MrDoodles wrote:She needs her husband to use the "Race Card"! Twisted Evil

Silly MR D, you performed your role of puppet a little soon, you didnt read the article saying she is a single mum lol!

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Post by victorismyhero on Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:33 pm

funnny aint it...when we fought and defeated a landfill application literally 500 m from our village school, we were branded NIMBYs. No doubt this "poor" single mum will object to the same epithet????
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Re: Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

Post by Guest on Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:00 pm

I have to say, I think she is being a bit precious, she can only see it from the front of her house, can't see it from the back, its across the road, and old people need decent housing.

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Re: Sharron Davies in tears about approved plans for care home for the eldery near her £1million home

Post by Guest on Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:00 pm

"Miss Davies said she was happy with the original proposals.

But just 48 hours later she learned that the plans had ‘radically’ expanded.

She said: ‘I have never objected to a care home being there but they have increased the capacity by 50 per cent, from 42 to 63.

‘It is going to be on four storeys and looks awful, just like a prison. "

While I sympathise with Sharon Davies there is always a chance that planning permission will be altered. I would imagine that the house she purchased was at a cheaper price in view of the care home being built.

As for it looking like a prison? What about the people who are going to have to live in it? Sad

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