Care home plan approved for Walton

Councillors Maureen Cummings and Albert Manifield are fighting proposals for a gypsy site on land between The Grove and The Balk in Walton
Councillors Maureen Cummings and Albert Manifield are fighting proposals for a gypsy site on land between The Grove and The Balk in Walton
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A CARE home will be built in Walton after council bosses were told central government did not need to intervene.

Last month the Express reported a planning committee’s decision to approve plans for a 129-unit care home on land between The Grove and The Balk.

The proposal was sent to the secretary of state for communities and local government Eric Pickles as planning officers believed it violated policy for being too large.

But the department replied that government referral was no longer needed after a review of criteria.

The proposal was passed again at County Hall yesterday.

Villagers opposed a similar development last year on the grounds that it was too large.

But they chose to back a smaller development after plans to build a travellers campsite on the same plot of land were submitted to Wakefield Council in the summer.

The travellers’ application was due to go before a planning committee this month.

But a spokesman for the landowner Hanover Developments Ltd said the firm would look to have it withdrawn.

David Plaut, clerk to Walton Parish Council, said: “This all sounds good.

“But we are still waiting to hear whether or not the travellers site application will still be heard.”