A former children home could be brought back into life if plans by the New Life Church are given the go ahead by local planners. The building on Manby Road, Riddings had recently been used by North Lincolnshire Council as the Children and Family Services offices but has remained vacant for over a year.
Now the New Life Church has applied for a change of use of the building to a 13 bed accommodation unit, to be called Gifted, specialising in the residential support of women with life controlling issues where they’ll also be able to take part in series of support programmes.
It is also planned to add an extension to the rear of the property to create a lounge, laundry and recreation area. In addition, the three mature trees will be pruned whilst the conifers to the east of the building will be lopped to a height of 3 meters. The property will have parking for 6 vehicles and be staffed 24 hours a day with 3 full time and 7 part time employees.
Former Childrens Home on Manby Road
The church has sent letters to residents of the area explaining their plans for the building and have invited people to contact them with any questions. It goes on to explain the proposals have been welcomed by members of North Lincolnshire Council and local MP Nick Dakin. However a number of residents in the area have spoken of their concern about the unit, one anxious mother contacted VisitScunthorpe and said “As a parent of two young children I’m against this unit. I am happy for anybody to get help with things like that but not in a community like mine where there are two infants and junior schools.”
As such the plans are set to come up against some strong opposition from the local community.
A decision on the application is expected in June and if given approval the New Life Church hope to launch the facility by early Autumn 2012.
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