Archive for July, 2014

Plans have just been approved today by Hambleton Planning Committee that will pave the way for the relocation of Yatton House from its site at Great Ayton to a new home at Skutterskelfe, Hutton Rudby. The planning application was submitted by Darlington based Prism Planning on behalf of the charity, a long established organisation that provides day care facilities for young adults with learning and other disabilities. They currently operate out of portakabins on land leased from Great Ayton Parish Council at the side of the village graveyard. Not only are their facilities old and in a poor condition, the graveyard at Great Ayton is at capacity and expansion space is desperately needed. The building of around 700 square metres over two floors includes a much needed sensory room. The ground floor will provide space for the pantry and coffee shop with wonderful views to the Cleveland Hills. The woodwork and craft rooms, print service and administration offices will also be situated on the ground floor. Gardens, vegetable growing areas and woodland walks will surround the building. The charity hope to start a fundraising and sponsorship campaign to fund the furnishings and fittings for the interior of the building, provide office and I.T. equipment for the members and equip the sensory room and kitchens. A local benefactor is providing the shell of the building at no cost to the charity. Commenting upon the decision, Steve Barker, Managing Director of Prism Planning said:- “This is great news for the charity and all their team and marks the end of more than a year’s preparatory work. Now that the Council has supported the scheme, we can start to work on practical construction issues and hope to get onto the site before the end of the year. It’s been a busy and successful week for Prism who yesterday got planning permission for a £160 million pound biomass plant in Stockton. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket this week!”
Port Clarence Biomass and Prism Planning are celebrating today after Stockton Council granted planning permission for a new 49 MW power station on land close to the northern side of the Transporter Bridge at Port Clarence which will burn waste wood. This is great news for Stockton and Teesside and Prism are pleased to have been able to help with this important project. At a time when the security of gas supplies from Russia is very much in the media spotlight after recent events it is great to see that Stockton is helping to deliver practical alternatives. The work required to get this permission in place has been done in a record time and it’s a tribute to the whole team who have worked so well with Stockton Council’s members and officers to iron out all the issues and get the permission in place. From day one of the project we have also worked alongside the financiers of the project and we believe this scheme will come forward rapidly on the site. The lack of objection to the scheme meant that the final decision was made by officers at Stockton but Councillors and the MP had followed the debate closely and supported the proposals. The applicants have built a number of similar power stations around the UK and have a track record of delivery. They have committed to seek to use local labour and suppliers in the project which is excellent news for the Tees Valley as the capital cost of the scheme is estimated to be around £160 million.