It will come as a great relief to many Unsworth residents, especially those that live around the Sunny Bank Road and Pole Lane areas that, once again, the planning application to relocate the dentist to 247 Sunny Bank Road has been REFUSED.
Despite the applicant’s attempt to appease the planners with a car parking solution (use of the car park behind the pub), the application did not address the ‘over intensification of the site’ and more crucially the fact that their planning application was contrary to the UDP (or as it is more commonly known, the local plan).
Basically, some years ago, Bury Council agreed in their local plan that commercial premises would not replace much needed housing.
While it is possible the applicants could appeal, or modify their plans further and submit again, the costs in doing so would hardly represent a good investment – so I think it unlikely we will see further applications from either the Unsworth Smile Clinic or indeed any other business wishing to take over residential accommodation in the immediate area.
I’m pleased with the outcome, as I think the Council has re-affirmed its commitment made in the UDP that residential accommodation in Unsworth is a priority. The refusal can be used as a benchmark for future planning applications.