New development will help children with behaviour issues in Kettering

The site of the proposed children's home in Rockingham Road, Kettering
The site of the proposed children's home in Rockingham Road, Kettering
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Plans to convert a house near Kettering town centre into a home for ‘difficult children’ have been submitted to Kettering Council.

The scheme has been drawn up by Semi-Independent House, based in Peterborough, who say they want to create a setting for up to three children and two trained adult staff members in Rockingham Road, adjacent to the Salvation Army Citadel.

The firm says it provides child care in small groups as close to the family environment as possible.

The planning documents say: “Stonald House is an organisation providing accommodation, support and care to three children of either sex aged between 12 and 16-years-old living in one house.

“The unit provides short and long-term care for children.

“We also provide emergency placements; however relevant information about the child should be made available prior to offering the placement.”

Semi-Independent House already runs other similar facilities elsewhere in the midlands.

The applicants have applied for a certificate of lawfulness to allow them to use the property as a children’s home.

Kettering Council is aiming to make a decision on the scheme by August 21.