Children's care home in Barnoldby-le-Beck approved

Barnoldby-le-Beck welcome sign, Waltham Road
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Plans for a small children's care home in a North East Lincolnshire village have been approved.

Objections by neighbours and Barnoldby-le-Beck Parish Council had raised parking, traffic and anti-social behaviour concerns. North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee agreed by majority vote to allow it.

An application for a certificate of lawfulness for the change of use was refused in February, on the grounds it would be a material change from being residential. This would have removed need for planning permission.

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The children's care home will be run by Gravity Red Inspires, a residential children's home provider in North East Lincolnshire. Its capacity will be a maximum of three children, aged 10-17 years old.

The home will be staffed on a 24 hours a day rota, with a minimum intended two staff on hand between 8am and 10.30pm. The care home will be at a five bed property in a cul-de-sac near the village's church. It used to be a foster home, too.

One existing bedroom will be used by overnight staff, while a ground floor bedroom will become an office. "The home will provide high quality carefully managed care for its residents and as such it will not have an adverse impact on the neighbourhood or on parking and highways," stated TP Planning on behalf of Gravity Red Inspires, in a planning document.

Not all shared this view and several neighbours objected, though a previous resident commented in support of the plans. Traffic and parking concerns featured with one neighbour describing the road the children's care home will be down as "an unadopted, quiet, cul-de-sac", with "severely restricted" access because of a narrow, single lane.

The suitability of the location for the children in terms of limited village amenities, and possible anti-social behaviour was also raised. One Church Lane resident commented: "I firmly believe all children need regular interaction with their peers and access to facilities which both stimulate and ensure mental growth. None of which can be found in this remote village." This and highway concerns were also cited by the parish council in its objection.

Planning officers recommended approval, with no significant highways impact anticipated. Likewise, Humberside Police's crime reductions officer did not raise any objections to its proposed use, or location.

Committee member Cllr Janet Goodwin confirmed the meeting discussed concerns raised, including anti-social behaviour. She favoured its approval, noting the need for children's care homes in North East Lincolnshire. "It's something that's really needed in the borough."

The children's care home was granted conditional approval, by seven votes to one. The meeting was held at Cleethorpes Town Hall, due to Sky News' takeover of Grimsby Town Hall last Wednesday.