Plans for a new child care home in Nelson have been submitted

Plans to transform a house into a retirement home for children have been submitted to the council for approval.

The application, if successful, would see the large four-bedroom house redeveloped into a children’s home for up to four youngsters, with associated facilities.

The plans were submitted by Thrive Residential, a company with “expertise in specialist and social housing needs dedicated to providing the highest standards of residential care for young people with a wide range of needs, including children with social and emotional needs”.

The property, located on Halifax Road, Little Marsden, just south of Nelson, is currently used as a home. If successful, the app would see it become a care home with 24-hour support staff on site.

The plans state: “The site was specifically chosen by the applicant having regard to its proximity to local services, schools and amenities in the local area, and the opportunity for staff, service users and their families to easy access to the site and by public transport.

He added that “the site also benefits from a peaceful setting and ample outdoor amenity space”, being surrounded by fields and just a five-minute walk from the Nelson Golf Club.

The children who would live in the house would be between the ages of 8 and 18 and would be looked after by a manager all day and two members of staff working day and night.

Children living at home are said to have “social and emotional needs that can be taken care of and supported within the facility, with children effectively living together as a family with on-site support.”

The plans also indicate that the house would meet the need for more care for young people in the Pendle area.

He adds, “It is clear in the county and the borough at large that there is an urgent need for additional child care.

“It is also clear that Nelson and wider local areas face deprivation and below national average life opportunities and health outcomes for children, which adds weight to demand for care services. .

“These demands for social services will only increase in the years to come given the challenges the community is facing.

“The proposed use is deemed proven and will provide a vital service to improve the health, mental health, wellbeing and lifelong outcomes of the children they support.”

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