Residents object to plans to create a children’s home in Sheffield neighbourhood

Dozens of residents are objecting to plans to create a children’s home in their neighbourhood.

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

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Rise Above Care, which has made the application, says: “The property will be registered as a residential children’s home which will be Ofsted regulated.

Residents are objecting to plans to build a children's home.

“It will provide a maximum of three beds for children, including a fourth bedroom for a staff member who will sleep over each night.

“The home will be staffed 24 hours a day depending on ratios for the young people residing with us. When the home is in full occupancy there will be a maximum of four care staff and a manager.

“The manager will be at the home Monday to Friday. The property is currently a dwelling and no building work or changes to property structure or layout is required.”

But residents are unhappy that a private house would be converted into a business and say the street already has serious parking and traffic problems

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has in the past put signs up asking residents to be more considerate with their parking.

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts and local councillor Tony Downing have objected on behalf of residents. In a joint letter they say: “There is clearly a lack of parking available. If there are three care workers in the property and other visitors, there could be five or more vehicles at any one time.

“If you add to that, the ridiculous idea that somehow the owners of the business would arrange to have parking places at the Ridgeway Arms then we think it shows an element of desperation from the applicants, recognising there is a parking issue and trying to deflect from it.

“It’s completely unreasonable to believe that people would choose to park in the Ridgeway Arms, which is several hundred yards away.”

Planning officers are considering the application which can be viewed here

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