Last night Mole Valley Councillors voted unanimously in favour of a new forest nursery at North Lodge, Ashtead, despite strong local opposition against the proposal on highway safety, parking and heritage grounds.
Although concerned about these issues and having listened to the information and points made, MVDC Councillors considered that this was an excellent application for a much needed nursery to serve Ashtead - 'a unique nursery', 'a wonderful facility', 'well positioned' and a site 'ideally suited to provide a nursery'.
The Applicant was praised for taking account of the concerns of the LPA and other agencies such as Surrey Highways. She has been searching for 2 years to find the right property and has been working on proposals for this site since late Summer 2013.
Finally when weighing the benefits in the balance, subject to conditions including a travel plan, the recommendation to grant was agreed by all 16 members. She went home saying 'Miracles do happen .. we did it!!!'.
And to Murphy Associates - 'Thank you just doesn't cut it!'