Barwick care home concerns

NAWN 1212041AM1 Coun. Matthew Robinson in Parlington Court. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1212041AM1)
NAWN 1212041AM1 Coun. Matthew Robinson in Parlington Court. Picture : Adrian Murray. (1212041AM1)
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A Harewood councillor says a proposed children’s care home in Barwick-in-Elmet would be “inappropriate”.

Coun Matthew Robinson has raised concerns about an application for a residential care home at Parlington Court in the village.

The application was sent to Leeds City Council last month by care home company Care Assist Children’s Services.

Now Coun Matthew Robinson (Con, Harewood) has told the News the application for a change of use is “inappropriate” and is calling for a more “rigorous and open registration process” for the opening of private children’s care homes.

He said: “There are two issues of concern here.

“The planning permission for a change of use from a house to a residential care home, which I believe is inappropriate to this location.

“And the practice of private providers setting up children’s care homes without informing the local authority it will be situated in.”

Coun Robinson said that no neighbourhood consultation had been carried out for the proposed care home, and that residents were unaware of the details of the proposals because of this.

He said: “Due to the way the law works at the moment, private providers can set up a children’s home for a small number of children and the local authority could have no knowledge at all that the home even exists.

“This presents clear implications for children’s safeguarding, particularly if children are being placed in the Leeds area by other local authorities, without Leeds’ children’s services being informed.”

Care Assist Children’s Services were unavailable for comment.