A SIX-bedroom family home could become a retirement home for four children with social and emotional needs
Thrive Residential Properties Ltd of Audley Range, Blackburn, has applied to Hyndburn Council to change the use of 7 Beech Crescent, Altham.
A statement in support of the planning application reads: “The property currently comprises a large detached six bedroom detached house with garage, off-street parking and gardens to the front, side and rear.
“The property is located in the main built-up development area and is surrounded on all sides by residential properties.
“The proposed use as a care home for up to four children living together as a household, with on-site staff support over a 24-hour period, would be commensurate with the character of the wider local area.
“The ages of the children residing at the property range from eight to 18 years old.
“The facility will be managed by a home-based manager who will be on site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and operated by up to four full-time staff at any one time, working on an agreed rotation pattern, with two staff on place during night hours with a bedroom provided.
“Up to four staff will be on site from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with two staff on site between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., with one staff member on duty awake all night.
“The proposal aims to provide accommodation for up to 4 children at a time.
“These children will have social and emotional needs that can be taken care of and supported within the facility, with the children effectively living together as a family with on-site support.
“Children will attend local educational institutions and staff will have access to a company car to transport children to school.
“A manager registered as a designated person will monitor and ensure the health and safety of the establishment.
“It is important to recognize that the proposals are really just about getting consent for a variety of residential use in a residential area.
“Furthermore, if this facility had been intended for adult care, this planning permission would not have been necessary.”