Plan to open children's care home in Firbeck is approved

Plans for a care home for up to five children has been approved by Rotherham Council’s planning department.

By Danielle Andrews, Local Democracy Reporter
Tuesday, 31st August 2021, 7:30 am

The nine bed detached property, on Lamb Lane in Firbeck, will offer a home for five children aged four to 18 and four staff members, with up to three children sleeping in at the home overnight.

The site will be run by Esland Group, who operate care homes for youngsters with varying needs throughout the UK.

Esland’s website states that their group homes “Offer up to five bedrooms for young people who require care away from the family home”, and the service aims to “stabilise the psychological and emotional needs of our young people as we recognise that this can affect the behaviours that they present with”.

Plans to build a children's care home in Firbeck have been given the go ahead by Rotherham Council.

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Planning documents state that the home will “provide a discrete andquiet location where children can be provided with a robust plan for their road to resilience to becoming valued members of society.”

One letter of objection was submitted to RMBC, on the grounds that the site is “unsustainable”, “poor public transport links”, and that “the age of the children is not provided”.

An officer report found that the plans would not have an “unacceptable detrimental impact on the residential amenity of the neighbouring and surrounding residential properties”, and would cause “no harm to the openness of the green belt or neighbouring amenity”.