New nursery top open in Bishops Cleeve
A COUPLE are set to transform their Bishop's Cleeve home into a nursery for 36 children.
Vanessa and Scott Mason's plans for the nursery have been given the nod by Tewkesbury Borough Council.
Vanessa has dreamed for years of opening a nursery in the area after struggling to get places for her two children.
She now hopes to have Home Farm Day Nursery open by November and is searching for a manager and two members of staff.
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She said: "We want it to be a home from home.
"It's taken 18 months to get to this point, but it will be worth it."
They will now move out of their farmhouse at number two Home Farm in Cheltenham Road so work can begin.
No external changes will be made to the building, but they will create a car parking area with 18 spaces, widen the access and build a play area.
The Mason's previous application for a nursery for 56 children was refused as the council said it would create traffic problems along Cheltenham Road.
Bishop's Cleeve parish council objected to the latest application as they said the reduction in numbers to 36 would not stop problems with parents parking in residential roads.
But members of the council's planning committee disagreed.
Councillor Mike Dean (C, Cleeve Hill) said: "The applicant has gone away and tried very hard. There's substantial economical benefit. I was for it in the first place and I'm for it now."
Councillors questioned whether yellow lines should be placed near the nursery.
But highway officers did not feel this was necessary.
Councillor Audrey Ricks (LD, Churchdown St John's) said: "I'm quite sure the amount of parking will be adequate."
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