Objections raised to children’s home in Wellingborough

G4S Children's Services has submitted plans for a change of use for 34 Hatton Avenue in Wellingborough from a dwelling house to a children's home.
G4S Children's Services has submitted plans for a change of use for 34 Hatton Avenue in Wellingborough from a dwelling house to a children's home.

Concerns have been raised over plans to turn a residential house into a children’s home.

G4S Children’s Services has submitted plans for a change of use for 34 Hatton Avenue in Wellingborough from a dwelling house to a children’s home.

But the plan, which will be considered by Wellingborough Council, has been met with concern, including more than 100 people attending a meeting on Monday night to discuss it.

The application says up to five children aged between 10 and 17 would be present at the house at any given time if approval was given.

It would provide accommodation for youngsters from local authorities needing placements for looked after children and children in need.

Youngsters could be placed there because their parents are unwell, they have problems with their family, they are in the care of the local authority, subject to a court order or interim care order, or due to a foster placement breakdown.

A report submitted as part of the application says: “It has been demonstrated the proposed change of use will provide a necessary community facility to provide care to a vulnerable section of society.”

The application also includes details of G4S’s behaviour management strategy, stating: “The home will strive to establish and maintain acceptable levels of behaviour by everyone at all times.

“Where behaviour falls below the standards expected, this will be discussed with the young person(s) concerned and corrective action implemented.

“The home follows a therapeutic approach to behaviour management and will apply firm, fair and consistent principles in the application of this management plan.”

But there are fears it is not the right environment for a children’s home and numerous objections have already been lodged.

One objection published on the council website states: “We wish to object in the strongest terms. The proposal is inappropriate for the local community.

“It will increase parking problems in the Hatton Park area, reduce the values of properties, increase petty crime, increase noise pollution and increase behavioural problems in the neighbourhood.”