Concerns Over Plan to House 16-21 Year Olds

Children’s Services Commissioning have told Central Bedfordshire Planning Department about their concerns over a change of use planning application.

In a letter to Central Bedfordshire planning department CS Commissioning say, "We have serious concerns about the practice of this provider and are instructing them later today, we plan to formally place them on a performance review programme and request they attend an urgent meeting early next week. So, at this point we would not agree to an extension of this property/ service – even without this issue, such a large property, for that many young people (would be the largest they have in all their services)  is concerning and we don’t consider, at this time, they could manage to safely work with this many young people."

The company applying for change of use permission is IASPIRE Care Services Ltd of Harrow.

The building is currently a House of Multiple Occupation for 6 residents.

If approved, the HMO will convert to a 14 bed care home at Hillside, Chalk Hill, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU6 1RT  offering semi-independent support and accommodation for 16-21-year-olds, looked after children or children in care.

Houghton Regis Town Council have already objected to the application saying,  “The Town Council objects to this application for the following reasons:Inappropriate change of use due to its isolated setting; Pedestrian safety concerns; Due to this isolation those residing at the facility will be very reliant on taxis and not on walking or using public transport; Concerns that there are no facilities locally for those living at the facility.”

A decision on the application has yet to be determined. Details of the application can be found on the CBC Planning web site and search for CB/19/01068/FULL