A new children’s home could be coming to Bolton after plans were lodged to convert a house.
If approved, the plans will see a house on Bromwich Street converted into a home for a total of three children along with two live in carers who will stay there on rota basis.
This aims to create a ‘stable home environment’ for the children, according to Rose Consulting, Planning and Regeneration.
A statement from the company said: “The purpose of the home would be to support the children to build their confidence, help them in developing life skills and prepare them for life when they leave the home to fend for themselves.
“This type of support has been found to be most effective in helping these children to have normal lives and not experience problems in later life.
“During the day it is expected that the children would engage in various activities, plus attend a mainstream school.
“In some cases, the children may receive some home schooling but only while they settle in.
“This however is carried out online, with the carer providing the support. Home tutors will not visit the site.
“Clearly this is no different in any case from a family choosing to have home tutoring.”
It added: “The applicant has confirmed that the proposed use is to provide a stable home environment for the occupants as their main and sole residence and that the length of stay is generally more than temporary or passing.
“It would not be a ‘halfway’ house or provide overnight emergency lodgings for example.”
The home will aim to provide accommodation to youngsters between the ages of eight and 18 who have learning difficulties or other special needs and challenges.
The statement said: “The proposed children’s home seeks to replicate as closely as possible a normal family environment.
“This type of provision, which government policy is promoting, is to help children who often, through no fault of their own, have not had good parenting in their early years.”
The plans were put before Bolton Council on Monday November 21 and will be open for neighbourhood consultations until December 12 after which the authority will decide whether or not to approve the proposal.