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New plan to turn house in Derby suburb into children’s home

today23 September 2022 1

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A three-bedroomed semi-detached home in a Derby suburb has been put forward for a change of use to turn it into a therapeutic residential children’s home for two young people aged between 10 and 18 years. Willow Care and Support. based in Northampton, argues that its proposal is not “materially different” to the property’s current use as a dwelling house and does not need planning permission but a certificate of lawfulness of proposed use (CPL) instead.

The house is located at 14 Besthorpe Close, in Oakwood, and has a kitchen, dining room, lounge, garage, shared bathroom, paved back garden with a raised patio and onsite parking. The proposed number of staff is five with two on shift plus the registered manager at any given time. During the day, there would be approximately three members of staff at the site. These would include a live-in staff, care assistant and a manager as this will be on a one-to-one staffing level with the manager overseeing. During the night the live-in staff would be present.

An accompanying statement says: “In addition to support staff, there would be short and infrequent visits from social workers and other support professionals. However, it would be rare for the children to receive social visits from family members to the home. Day-to-day living activities such as shopping, school runs and social outings for the children would be undertaken by the support staff.

“We aim to provide the children with an environment as close as possible to a traditional family home. Live-in staff would reside at that property as their permanent home thus constituting a single household.

“The children who would be residing in the proposed premises need additional support to live within the community due to the mental health challenges and complexities. The aim of the service is to ensure that they live as independent life as possible and reintegrate them to more independent living facilities.”



Children's home proposed for 14 Besthorpe Close in Oakwood
This is where the children’s home would be situated

It adds: “The application site has sufficient on-site parking and outdoor amenity space for the proposed use. There would likely be approximately one to two cars on the site during the day and far less overnight.”

The planning application is likely to be decided within the next eight to 12 weeks but if there are any objections it could be heard at a planning control committee meeting. which will be set at a later date.

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