NPS ignoring the ruling of the Planning Inspector, footpath, behind Harcourt Street School, North Reddish, Stockport

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Dear NPS Property Consultants Limited,

Because of the unique way in which the houses on Mill Lane, North Reddish, Stockport were built - details of which were explained in minute detail to NPS at the outset - furniture can only be delivered to the back of the houses. You have built the toxic waste dump school fenced off directly behind their houses, meaning a journey on foot of maybe a quarter of a mile to deliver furniture to their houses down this new footpath. For this reason the Planning Inspector at the inquiry stipulated that it should be 3 metres in width and the residents should have access from Mill Lane.

The footpath is admitted in writing by Brian Byland of NPS to be only 2.5 metres, and there is no access from Mill Lane. Given the bad feeling in the area towards NPS and Stockport Council by local residents appalled at how they have been ridden roughshod over during this entire development period of circa 5 years, why did NPS not comply with the decision of the Planning Inspector? Was it a conscious decision to take this action, or was it a mistake? If it was a conscious decision to ignore the Planning Inspector's ruling which NPS employee made this decision? If it was a mistake, will NPS now take steps to rectify the situation?

If you ignore this request, it would speak volumes for the way in which NPS operates, a company which gets huge sums of public money. One has to question the issue of accountability here.

I shall cc this to the Chief Executive and the Leader of Norfolk Council and keep this site updated regarding the problems caused to these completely innocent local residents by this thoughtless behaviour.

Yours faithfully,

Sheila

Dear NPS Property Consultants Limited,

As previously detailed, regarding the recent First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tier Tribunal decisions - IC/Mr Alan Dransfield, the untrue defence of vexatiousness in my case no longer holds water.

Please reply to this question or I shall complain to every member of the Board of the Information Commission and bring an appeal, which would cost both NPS and the Information Commission considerable sums of money.

Unfounded allegations of vexatiousness will no longer hold water.

With very warmest best wishes

Sheila Oliver

Britch, Mike, NPS Property Consultants Limited

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Dear Ms Oliver

 

Further to your recent e-mails I can confirm that the only footpath that
was involved in the planning inspectorate determination was a diverted
footpath.  The planning inspectorate stated that this should be 1.5 metres
in width and this has been constructed in accordance with that decision.

The 3m strip for access to the rear of the properties was indicated in the
original planning application with a single access from the southern end
of the site. Minor consultation with the authority resulted in the width
being varied. This consultation falls into the category of being
discretionary which can be confirmed by Stockport Council.

Regards

 

 

 

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Dear Britch, Mike,

Well, well, well, Mr Britch, Managing Director.

I am glad I no longer am considered vexatious. It would have cost your firm quite a lot to defend every request at tribunal. I am glad sense has prevailed.

The fact is that local people can't deliver large items of furniture to their homes, even via the circa quarter of a mile detour along a path to reach the rear of their properties you have subjected them to, because the path behind their homes would not be wide enough to negotiate a sofa, for example, now due to the secret planning changes. Their houses have been built back to front due to dodgy planning in the 1980s. Plus ca change, eh!

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

Britch, Mike, NPS Property Consultants Limited

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NPS Property Consultants Limited is a limited company controlled by
Norfolk County Council and registered in England and Wales. Registered
number: 02888194. Registered office: Lancaster House, 16 Central Avenue,
St Andrews Business Park, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 0HR.
The information contained in this email is intended only for the person or
organisation to which it is addressed. If you have received it by mistake,
please disregard and notify the sender immediately.
Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of NPS Property Consultants Limited.
Please be aware that emails may have to be disclosed under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

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Dear Britch, Mike,

I think your firm should contact local residents about this. A very elderly lady collapsed at home last week. There was no access for the ambulance men via the front of the property (which due to dodgy planning in the 1980s is the back of the house). There was considerable delay whilst the ambulance men found a way through to the back of her house, finding the householder with a key to the gate at Mill Lane. I believe the ambulance men filed an incident report about this.

Brian Byland of NPS was at the diversion of footpath inquiry where local residents explained the problems they would have if this insane plan was carried through. I think you need to contact your insurers because you presumably would be liable if fire engines or ambulance staff cannot reach residents in future. There may be deaths. It would seem reasonable, as your company took the huge sum of over £500,000 property services fees for the toxic waste dump school (not including architect's fees), that someone from your company tries to find a solution to this problem.

I shall contact the Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council about this and should I ever get a reply from him, I shall post it up here.

The school was illegally built, as it is not in accordance with the Unitary Development Plan. There was agreement for a small replacement for North Reddish Junior School and not the mega-shed repplacement for three schools which has been built. The deviation from the UDP was discussed with the Secretary of State, but only with regards to the green space. I don't know how your company will stand in the event of huge claims, but if the school was built illegally you must be on dodgy ground ( a bit like the school itself).

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

Britch, Mike, NPS Property Consultants Limited

Dear Mrs Oliver

I can only re-iterate our previous response that we have constructed the school in accordance with the brief and specification provided by Stockport Council and complied with the requirements of the planners

Any concerns as to the location, size and cost should be addressed to the Council as the accountable body.

Regards

Mike Britch

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Mike Britch
Group Managing Director

tel: 01603 706100
fax: 01603 706102
mob: 07787 128758
email: [email address]

NPS Property Consultants Ltd
Lancaster House
16 Central Avenue
St Andrews Business Park
Norwich
NR7 0HR
http://www.nps.co.uk/

NPS Property Consultants Limited is a limited company controlled by Norfolk County Council and registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 02888194. Registered office: Lancaster House, 16 Central Avenue, St Andrews Business Park, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 0HR.
The information contained in this email is intended only for the person or organisation to which it is addressed. If you have received it by mistake, please disregard and notify the sender immediately.
Any views or opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of NPS Property Consultants Limited.
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Dear Britch, Mike,

But Mr. Britch, I am banned from speaking to any council officer, asking any FOI questions on the subject or asking council questions on the matter. They say that although I have never been rude or offensive (and I was correct in stating that it was unsafe to intend to protect children from lead, arsenic and brown asbestos by means of prickly bushes, and although I was correct that the funding was circa £5 million astray) they won't answer any questions.

I am sure you will agree that the issue of the ambulance men being unable to reach the elderly lady who had collapsed (and they made an incident report)is very worrying. Your Mr Byland sat in on the Diversion of footpath inquiry and heard the concerns of local people regarding access.

Who is going to deal with this if you won't and Stockport Council won't? You took very large amounts of my money for this school, Mr Britch, and somebody has to sort this out.

I will keep posting up on this site any progress or lack of it and shall keep the Chief Executive of Norfolk County Council informed too.

What is strange is that NPS Stockport claims it is not subject to the FOIA, despite having replied to FOI questions in the past, yet you are responding.

NPS seems to be spreading across the country according to your accounts. If you are having large amounts of public money, there should be some accountability somewhere along the line.

I never give up in fighting for the rights of local people and exposing waste of public money, so I expect we will have a long correspondence.

The chap who designed the M60 Denton to Middleton section (circa £250 million overbudget by my reckoning) hopes he never hears from me again.

With warmest best wishes.

Sheila

Dear Mr Britch

I have just received this from local people that they have sent to the Prime Minister:-

"Dear Mr. Cameron Prime Minister,

I am writing to highlight a huge problem what the residents of Mill Lane North Reddish Stockport have been put in by the Councillors and Council officers of Stockport Town hall. At the rear of peoples properties along Mill Lane an amalgamated school has been built and a two metre path has been left surrounding the school and which is directly at the back of our properties. At the start of the planning for this school residents were informed that this two metre path would still be access for residents and that there would be a lockable gate for each of us to use. There is now a huge dispute going on because this access has now been blocked off by bushes at the request of the residents who live in No 103. We all feel that this is totally unfair and that the bushes should be removed so residents can gain access. There are residents who have lived along Mill Lane for forty years and have always used this access for maintenance purposes, having furniture delivered, and if they want anything for their gardens delivered. There was also an incident two weeks ago when one elderly lady collapsed in her lounge which is at the rear of her house, when the ambulance arrived they could not access her property and wondered how they could get around to the back , and after knocking on a neighbour’s door to ask ,they were dumbfounded to be told that the access was b locked off, to which they then replied that they were putting a report in about the incident.

As you can appreciate people are now extremely worried after the incident because of the safety aspect, after all it could be vital time lost in an emergency. There have been letters sent to the council and a petition signed off residents who live on Mill Lane, we have also sent emails to our local councillors and our M.P. Andrew Gwynne but the same answer keeps getting sent back to us saying there is nothing they can do for us. We have approached a solicitor who says that because we have used an access for forty years and then it has now been taken from us we do have a case for malpractice. We have been shown no consideration at all by Stockport Council. We are now mostly pensioners living along Mill Lane and none of us are entitled to legal aid to fight our case so we will have to put our savings together and then hopefully we can scrape enough together for the solicitor bill. Residents who had planned to move into a flat now they are older will not be able to because of the situation, and it is totally unfair when people have spent most of their life’s paying a mortgage.

I am writing on behalf of the residents who are hoping that you will be able to solve the situation for us."