Planning authority accused of ignoring disability issues

GUERNSEY’S planning authority has been accused of ignoring disability issues.

John Millns wants to knock a hole in the wall on the Mount Row side of his property to create a turning point and parking for two vehicles. (1282206)
John Millns wants to knock a hole in the wall on the Mount Row side of his property to create a turning point and parking for two vehicles. (1282206)

GUERNSEY’S planning authority has been accused of ignoring disability issues.

John Millns made the claim to a planning appeals panel after the Environment Department refused him permission to create vehicular access at his home, Laburnum, 1, Colborne Place, Queen’s Road, St Peter Port.

The panel was told how Mr Millns had brought his parents to live in Guernsey in 2007. Both were 83, his father was wheelchair-bound and his mother suffered from dementia. Care workers needed to visit twice daily and the only parking was at a garage the appellant owned in Mount Durand.

The house was on a different level to the road.

He wants to knock a hole in the wall on the Mount Row side of the property and create a turning point and parking for two vehicles.

Comments for: "Planning authority accused of ignoring disability issues"

pyer

I may be missing something, but why on earth would anyone buy a property, knowing that some of the occupants had mobility issues, that was not suitable?

Dani

The mad thing is - literally up the road a hole in the wall has been knocked through in the same manner he and his family would like.

The reason he is not allowed it from what I hear is because of where it is on the rural plan, where as up the road it is in a different area.

I think the guy is right. He should be able to make amendments to a property to make it suitable for disabled people living there. I think he has been let down.

We want public buildings to be suitable yet have an strange situation that it is ok for private homes to be unsuitable - and this is where people are supposed to be most comfortable.

We have an aging population, more and more people are going to need amendments to their homes to live in them as they have every right to. I think health purposes trumps how it looks. Its no good if they are not fit for purpose.

I understand the environment department has to follow the law/guidelines (not sure on correct word there but the meaning is correct in that a process has to be followed). Then the appeals panel judge whether they applied the law/process appropriately. So even if the outcome is unreasonable the situation does not get changed as long as the rules were followed.

The whole procedure or rural plan is what needs to be changed to be more appropriate. I believe there are deputies looking at this now. I hope the aspect of disability is considered.

I would also if speaking to the guy suggest the disability alliance. They seem really organised, have achieved a lot already for the disabled and may be able to help. I think the states has a designated disability officer as well.

If anyone feels the same way please speak up. It's the only way these things change and the next person they restrict could be yourself or someone you care about.

Paul

I agree, to create an access through that wall would create an accident waiting to happen. There are plenty of properties in Guernsey suitable, just move.

neil

Paul am i reading your reply, JUST MOVE so its as easy as that is it your disabled with disability issues so F U just move no trying to work around this problem with the states JUST F-IN MOVE not to mention the price of property as you are disabled it will be twice as much, come on MR Millns stop being a pest and just move, i like your attitude paul to the disabled in guernsey see nothing has changed there on the rock....

concerned

I think I might be reading this wrong, and I'm just going by the photo above, but if they knock a hole through the wall there won't they be straight onto the filter? What a stupid proposal and I'm glad they rejected it. That road is bad enough as it is, only an idiot would even bother trying to do that. Assuming I'm reading this correctly, they've got a fairly big driveway a little further along.

aimee

I believe that the proposed 'hole in the wall' will be along Mount Row at the far end of the photograph, next to an already established driveway. Mr Millns parents were five years younger than they are now when they came to live at their son's house, so their disabilities were not apparent then. Don't you just wish that in your twilight years, you would have a son or daughter who would want to do the best they could for you?

Stiletto

Well said Neil. Mr Millns should be allowed to create access to and from his property. Why should he have to move? His elderly parents would find it very difficult to get used to a new home at their stage in life, us fortunate enough to be able bodied find a house move traumatic, to say the least.

With a turning point, access to Mount Row would be no more hazardous then negotiating the filter by his home.