Ellesmere Port bungalow could become 'respite home' for adults with learning disabilities

-Credit: (Image: Rightmove)
-Credit: (Image: Rightmove)

Plans have been submitted to convert a four-bedroom bungalow in Ellesmere Port into a "respite home" for adults with learning disabilities. Home care service provider Your Life Your Way is behind the proposals for the detached property in Sandringham Gardens.

In its change of use planning application, lodged with Cheshire West and Chester Council, the applicant says the converted accommodation would offer short breaks of either three or four nights. Care staff will work on a 24-hour rota basis and sleep at the property.

The application, submitted on behalf Your Life Your Way, states: "10 Sandringham Gardens, Ellesmere Port, is a 4-bedroom detached bungalow set in a substantial plot with spacious driveway and garden to the rear and side of the property. The property has recently been purchased by the applicants and is need of a full scheme of modernisation therefore the proposal is for the change of use of the dwelling with a small rear extension (removal of existing conservatory) and use of outbuilding as 'activity room and store'.

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"The proposal will provide a 5-bedroom property, which includes accommodation for 2 members of staff. One member of staff will sleep at night whilst one remains awake. The dwelling is to provide respite accommodation for adults with learning disabilities.

"Albeit the proposed use is as a respite home, which can create concerns about locational sustainability of the site and the suitability of the area for such facility. However, the proposal will incorporate highly trained team of carers rather than parents. Everyone will have a personalised care plan.

"The use of the property will as stated maintain all the characteristics of a family dwelling and will behave in the manner of a single-family house. This is critical. By keeping the appearance and atmosphere of a regular family dwelling, it helps normalize the living environment for individuals in care, reducing stigma and fostering a sense of belonging.

"It is accepted that by the young people coming from different backgrounds and potentially having development needs the level of noise may vary from that of a traditional family at points. However, the provision of full-time carers and the separation distances to the nearest dwellings would ensure that any noise is not in itself unacceptable. The separation distances and restriction on the number of young adults occupying the site would similarly ensure that the scheme does not result in any unacceptable harm."

The cul-de-sac property was first marketed on Rightmove shortly after the turn of the year. It had a price tag of £300,000.

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