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Waltham Abbey Developments Ltd has promised a new home to Sunshine Nursery as it looks to gain support from the community
A threatened nursery which was served an eviction notice has announced a deal with developers which could secure its future.
Sunshine Nursery in Waltham Abbey cares for around 50 children and has operated on the King Harold Academy site for 20 years.
Since the unexpected notice to quit was served, parents, staff and owner Julie Holmes have been frantically appealing for help to find suitable new premises.
However, on Monday it was announced that the nursery has formed a partnership with Waltham Abbey Developments Ltd, the company looking to develop the Knolly’s Nursery site.
The company has offered a long-term solution to the nursery’s problem.
Director Caroline Sheridan contacted said: “We are very pleased to announce that we have agreed to grant a 20-year lease to the Sunshine Nursery, subject to planning. Julie and her team of 25 staff are delighted, as are the parents.”
The company has offered the nursery a purpose built area with room for double the amount of children, including facilities to run a holiday club for 5 to 11 year olds, as well as a garden for each year group.
The application for the site, which includes 105 homes, the nursery and a shop, will be considered by Epping Forest District Council’s Planning Committee on October 23.
Despite objection from the Waltham Abbey Residents’ Association, the company believes that, as 80 per cent of the houses are affordable, the plan has a good chance of success.
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