Appeal lodged over Wellingborough care home decision

The application by G4S Children's Services for a change of use for 34 Hatton Avenue in Wellingborough from a private residential house to a children's home was unanimously refused by Wellingborough Council's planning committee in October
The application by G4S Children's Services for a change of use for 34 Hatton Avenue in Wellingborough from a private residential house to a children's home was unanimously refused by Wellingborough Council's planning committee in October

An appeal has been lodged against a council’s decision to refuse plans for a children’s care home in a residential street.

The application by G4S Children’s Services for a change of use for 34 Hatton Avenue in Wellingborough from a private residential house to a children’s home was unanimously refused by Wellingborough Council’s planning committee in October.

But an appeal over the decision has now been lodged with the Planning Inspectorate.

Dozens of people attended last year’s meeting about the plans, which had been recommended for approval by planning officers. If approval had been given, the plans said the house would have had up to five children aged between 10 and 17 present at the house at any given time and would have provided accommodation for youngsters from local authorities needing placements for looked after children and children in need.

But there were more than 100 letters of objection and an 800-name petition calling for its refusal.

Concerns from residents in the area included adversely changing the neighbourhood, increased noise, anti-social behaviour, increased crime and vandalism, increased traffic and the proposal would “dilute unique residential character”.

Following the appeal, more people have registered their objections online.

One letter of objection states: “I object to the appeal because following a successful campaign conducted by the Hatton Park Residents Association last year culminating in a unanimous refusal by the planning committee of the original application, we would naturally like to express our disappointment that this decision has been brought to appeal.

“We believe that the original decision, made across the political spectrum accurately represented local opinion within the Hatton Park area and its immediate surrounds and genuinely reflected those concerns raised.”

To learn more about the application or the appeal, go to www.wellingborough.gov.uk and search for WP/14/00385/COU on the planning portal page.