Councillors sympathetic to teen’s cause

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WHITBY town councillors strayed from their usual stance on house extensions and said if they could build a bedroom for paralysed Whitby teen Dale Milne they would.

They agreed to back plans for alterations at the family home on St Peter’s Court because of the exceptional and tragic circumstances.

The town council planning committee were discussing a planning application from Dale’s family who want permission to form a ground floor bedroom and bathroom in preparation for when he is eventually allowed home from hospital.

Coun Dennis Collins said: “It really choked me up when I was talking to them. I feel as though I really want to make money for them and if I had the money I would do it myself.”

Coun Amanda Smith added: “In normal circumstances I would say it is an over development of the site and an encroachment because it is going right up to the neighbour’s land.

“It is absolutely tragic and my vote would be to allow this to go through. It is exceptional circumstances which is why we should say it should not set a precedent for other people in the area.”

A design and access statement submitted with the application said the new build would have level access off the main street so dale can get in and out of the house unhindered with a motorised wheelchair.

It adds: “This much publicised accident has had a profound effect on the family and their needs to cope with Dale.

“The disability is one that he will never recover from and will be at least three months before he will leave hospital.

“Dale has many young friends in the area who are providing moral support in these obviously difficult times.”

A final decision will be made by Scarborough Borough Council.