Care home deadline approaches for Poulton as locals fear 'parking and privacy' will be lost

A bid to open a new children’s care home in Poulton will be decided on this week, with locals worried about noise, inadequate parking and a loss of privacy.

The application could see the house turned into a children’s care home and a new car parking with access to the rear of the building, on Station Road, created. There have been 13 letters of objection lodged with planners, with concerns raised about issues such as noise and disturbance, inadequate parking and manoeuvring space, loss of privacy with instalment of CCTV and highway safety.

However, a planning report says efforts have been undertaken by the applicant to allay many of these concerns and the application has been recommended for approval. The proposals are due to go before Wyre’s planning committee on Wednesday, June 5.

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Details of the application, lodged by applicant Mr J Wood, said the care home would accommodate two children, with care staff on a rota. Also proposed is a new parking area in the rear garden for two cars with access to the rear access road.

A report by the planning officer says that although the building is a terraced house, it is a particularly large building which would mitigate against the close proximity to neighbours often associated with smaller properties.

The report said: “The applicant has advised that their care homes operate in a very similar way to an ordinary family home, so any noise created would be no louder than a regular family home. The applicant believes on average, over perhaps a year, the care home would be considerably quieter, especially given the size of this particular property.

“Although this house is a terraced house, it is not like some terraced properties, which are in very close proximity to a high number of surrounding homes. The subject property is an old, solidly built house which is not overlooked, and has a similar specification to that of a detached.”

However, the report acknowledges that the main consideration with regard to residential amenity is the actual change of use itself, with objections raising concerns over the inappropriateness of the development in a residential area with houses close to each other.

The report, nevertheless, concludes: “The proposal is acceptable in principle within the boundary of a settlement, and is within a suitably accessible location for the type of use proposed.

“It has been assessed that the proposal will not have an unacceptable impact on visual or neighbouring amenity.

“Based on professional advice from LCC [Lancashire County Council] Highways there will not be an unacceptable highway safety impact and there is sufficient parking in association with the proposed use.”