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Bid to transform house in Ropsley into a children's residential home

A planning application to change the use of a detached house in Ropsley to a children’s residential home for up to four children will be debated on Wednesday.

South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee will discuss the application made by The Place Young People’s Company.

It seeks to house four children, aged six to 18, who have complex needs and who each have a dedicated carer to provide “therapeutic care and nurture”.

South kesteven District Council (25751526)
South kesteven District Council (25751526)

According to the applicant, there would be two members of staff present at all times, working on a rotating shift pattern, with a manager on site during the day.

SKDC has received two letters from which a summary of points include the access road being unsuitable, potential for a covenant precluding business use and an impact on nearby residents through noise and disturbance.

In response to a concern raised by both local residents and a district councillor over an increase in demand upon emergency services as a result of the children’s behaviour, planners said: “It would be difficult for the council to refuse the application on these grounds as it would not be possible to predict the potential behaviour outcomes and would depend on individual children and the supervision they received.”

Planners recommend the application is approved.

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