11:35 Monday 02 December 2013

Plans to open children's care home in Wilburton

Written byJORDAN DAY

The plans have been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council The plans have been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council

A children’s care home could open in Wilburton.

There are plans to change the use of number 6, Millfield Lane - a five-bedroom property - from a house (use class C3) to a care home (use class C2).

The applicant is Cheshire-based Premier Children’s Services Ltd and the proposals have been submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council.

If approved, the change of use is flexible in that if the care home use was for some reason no longer needed then the building could be turned back into a house.

In a statement to planners, the applicant’s agents said: “The building will probably accommodate up to five children or young people aged 10-18, with two care staff living with the group at any one time (a manager and support worker).

“It is stressed that this number could alter upwards or downwards with internal adaptation possible.

“Ofsted inspection regimes will ensure that the quality of accommodation and management measures are good.

“The number of young people living here is a matter of management under the Ofsted regime, not a matter for planning control.”

They said the children’s home would also create up to 10 jobs.

They said: “This home with five young people will benefit from a team of 10 full time staff dedicated to this home.

“The high number is given shift patterns, holiday cover, and a need to ensure a team of two is resident at the house 24 hours a day.

“Each home has a connection and provides work for dedicated teachers and teacher’s assistants at schools or education centres, vocational instructors, care staff, and grounds maintenance staff.”

They added: “The flexibility built into this submission will allow return to a residential use if no longer needed for a C2 use.”

A decision on the plans is expected within eight weeks.

To view the proposals or to have your say, visit www.eastcambs.gov.uk.

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