Plans to turn Rushden house into children’s home

G4S Children's Services has applied for permission for a children's home in Hayway, Rushden
G4S Children's Services has applied for permission for a children's home in Hayway, Rushden
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Objections have been raised after plans to turn a house into a children’s care home were submitted.

G4S Children’s Services has applied to East Northamptonshire Council for change of use from a dwelling house to a children’s home for Moorland House in Hayway, Rushden.

Documents supplied to the council say it would offer accommodation for local authorities needing to provide placements for looked after children and children in need.

The home would be occupied by five children aged between 10 and 18.

The applicant’s planning statement says: “This proposal would provide a much-needed facility to meet a community need and to protect and provide for children requiring a level of care.”

However, several letters of objection have been received by the council.

Reasons cited include noise generated by the volume of visitors and staff change-overs, an increase in rubbish from the property, traffic congestion and an increase in parking problems in the area.

It has also been suggested that the application should be considered in the context of other proposed developments in the surrounding area.

One letter of objection states: “The proposal to change Moorland House from a family home to a commercially-run children’s home is inappropriate because it would result in a busy commercial operation at the heart of a quiet, residential area and lead to permanent harm to the amenity of neighbours.”

Another resident has lodged an objection, stating: “We consider this represents a high risk of disruptive behaviour in the neighbourhood, and potentially criminal activity that will inevitably result in complaints to council and the police as well as the operators of the facility.”

Rushden Town Council has not made any objection to the plans.

For more details go to www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk.