Scores of objections to proposed Leicestershire children's home on 'upmarket' estate

112 objections to proposed children's home
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A children's home planned for an "upmarket" Leicestershire estate has had more than 100 objections so far. The scheme, by Dr Al-Akaidi, would see two homes in Bosworth Way, Leicester Forest East, turned into one to accommodate four children in care. The details are in a planning application which seeks permission to change the use of the houses from residential to a children's care home.

Leicester Forest East Parish Council submitted an objection to Blaby District Council (BDC) on behalf of local residents. It is one of 117 objections submitted so far. The parish council said the homes on the estate all had agreements preventing change of use from domestic family homes to businesses. It added that residents had bought homes on and moved to the estate due to its "small, family based and upmarket" nature.

The planning application states the children would be aged between four and 11, and that there would be four members of staff at the home at all times. There would be eighteen staff in total, and one visitor would be allowed at any one time, the documents state. There would be six parking spaces.

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The parish council's objection can be read online. The district council told LeicestershireLive that details of the other objections were not available. The parish council's submission reads: "[We] are objecting to the proposed application of the conversion to a children’s care home. Whilst the council acknowledge the need for care homes we have our concerns about the type, location and [effect] on the neighbouring house and residents.

"We do not agree that the middle of a small estate is appropriate. Blaby District Council should be working with the applicant to secure more appropriate accommodation in a suitable location. The parish council have been contacted by many residents objecting to this planning application and as a council we are supporting residents with theirs and our objections.

"Houses on this estate, built by Taylor Wimpey, all have covenants preventing change of use from domestic family homes to business. Blaby District Council should be supporting the residents in upholding the covenants and not ride rough-shod [sic].

"Residents have bought and moved to this estate due to its nature. Small. Family based and upmarket. Application [sic] is entirely to the detriment of all residents who have for many years enjoyed living in a community-spirited, quiet residential area.

"Whilst the applicant says there will be only four children and four staff plus one visitor at a time there will be additional personnel visiting from food / infrastructure deliveries to medical personnel, etc. Residents are concerned by the likely increase in anti-social behaviour at the immediate address, surrounding properties and wider area.

"Whilst the application includes parking, the design of the parking is [totally] impractical. At shift changeovers there will be up to eight vehicles trying to park in that location or surrounding streets. Bosworth Way is not amenable to an increase in traffic and access for emergency response vehicles."

People can comment on the application via BDC's website until Monday, June 25. A decision is expected by Wednesday July 17.