Care home did not need plan­ning per­mis­sion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Neigh­bours of a care home for vul­ner­a­ble teens which opened without warn­ing in Ruther­glen have been told the fa­cil­ity is be­ing prop­erly man­aged.

Peo­ple liv­ing near the Burn­side home - where two youths staged a rooftop protest in Au­gust - have ques­tioned how In­spire Scot­land was al­lowed to open a home for teens in a pri­vate house.

The home opened last year, just days after neigh­bours were no­ti­fied looked after chil­dren would be mov­ing into the prop­erty.

But South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said be­cause the prop­erty is be­ing used as a fam­ily home for the youths, a change of use plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is not re­quired.

Fur­ther, plan­ning per­mis­sion was not needed for the garage which was con­verted into of­fice space ear­lier this year as it was con­sid­ered per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment.

Pauline El­liott, head of plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, said:“The use class of this prop­erty is class nine: houses - de­fined as one where houses are oc­cu­pied by a sin­gle per­son, or a num­ber liv­ing to­gether as a fam­ily, or as a house­hold of five or less.

“In this case, the plan­ning ser­vice is sat­is­fied that In­spire Scot­land Ltd have pro­vided suf­fi­cient in­for­ma­tion to demon­strate that the prop­erty op­er­ates within class nine and as such a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to change the use is not re­quired.”

The home hit the na­tional head­lines in Au­gust when two teenage girls climbed out of a win­dow and onto the roof be­fore be­ing talked down by fire­fight­ers.

Neigh­bours ar­gued the in­ci­dent was one of many in­ci­dents when po­lice were called to the house, ar­gu­ing the quiet street was not the right lo­ca­tion for the care home.

A re­port, pub­lished by the Care In­spec­torate, how­ever re­cently rated the qual­ity of care and en­vi­ron­ment at the home as very good.

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