Plan for ‘children’s home’ in Broxted unveiled

PUBLISHED: 09:51 21 December 2018

The application has been submitted to Uttlesford District Council.

The application has been submitted to Uttlesford District Council.

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An application for a children’s home near Dunmow for young people who require “specialist mental health support” has been submitted to Uttlesford District Council (UDC).

Under the plans, a vacant former bed and breakfast at Church End, in Broxted, would be turned into a residential institution, which would serve as a home for children.

The applicant, Frederik Booysen, director of Personal Security Service, which owns the building, wants to establish a six-bed therapeutic children’s home with an education facility attached.

The company already has two “established and well-respected children’s homes”, both rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, according to the proposal.

The application, prepared by agent Nichola Brown, reads: “Both of our homes are situated in village locations and we have integrated into the community without event. We have good relationships with our neighbours, working hard to ensure the homes do not impact on them.”

The building was part of a group of houses that would have been demolished to accommodate airport expansion, according to the application.

The application reads: “We have selected a house which has plenty of parking and is detached from its neighbours. It is our experience that noise from the young people is contained within the boundaries of the house. With such close proximity to the airport the noise pollution in the area is already high and will eclipse any noise made.”

Neighbours have Helen and Stuart Walker objected to the application, however, arguing there are no amenities in Church End apart from an hourly bus service and no recreational facilities.

Responding to the application, the pair told UDC: “In our comprehensive experience of residential homes, both as managers and representatives of clients, there will always be occasions when the challenging behaviour of some clients cannot be entirely contained within the walls of the establishment and will overspill into the grounds. This does not cause a major problem if the home is at any distance from other properties. However, the old post office abuts the neighbouring houses on both sides... and such events could constitute a considerable nuisance.”

They added: “We are strongly in favour of the provision of all appropriate services for children, as long as they are in suitable locations.”

The UDC planning department said it would endeavour to determine the application before January 16.

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