New Sheffield children’s home will not cause parking problems, say owners

A company which is hoping to open a new children’s home in Sheffield has responded to dozens of objections.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 11:33 am

A petition with 81 signatures and 65 people have complained about plans to convert a house on Bishopdale Rise in Mosborough into an Ofsted registered home for three children.

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When the home is in full occupancy there will be three care staff and a manager and residents say the extra parking will create problems on an already congested street.

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Residents have complained about a potential parking issue.

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts and local councillor Tony Downing have objected on behalf of residents and say an idea by the owners to park at the nearby Ridgeway Arms was “ridiculous”.

But Rise Above Care, which also has homes in Doncaster, says the drive is plenty big enough for extra cars.

A senior officer at Rise Above Care, who did not want to be named, said: “There is enough room for four cars on the driveway, at a push five small ones.

“The idea of parking at the Rutland Arms has been taken out of context, that would not be for visitors. If there’s an odd occasion where there is no space and we have a visitor, the staff will be instructed to park at the pub car park which is only a couple of hundred yards away.

“This home won’t create additional parking problems, there will be less congestion than if it was a normal household because we are going to be so conscientious about not parking on the road.”

The officer said there was a “big need” for children’s homes which provided a family environment.

Residents asked us why we chose this estate and it’s because it’s a good place to bring young children up in a normal environment.

“These are children aged six to 10 who have traumatic backgrounds, they don’t have behavioural problems and haven’t been involved in crime. We want to give them a sense of normality before they move on to foster care. They will be like a normal family living there.”

Planning officers are considering the application which can be viewed here

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