Green light for new children’s home

PLANNING permission has been granted for the construction of a facility for young people on land on the Kirkton Industrial Estate, writes Jennifer Newton.

The plans will see a six-bedroom children’s home and a six-bedroom children’s home with a two-bedroom annexe on land north of Cairnie Lodge on James Chalmers Road.

The home will replace the existing Kinnaird Street Young Persons Unit, which currently provides both long and short-term residential care services to young people with a range of complex needs.

However, in a report to Angus Council’s development standards committee, the current facility is described as no longer fit for purpose.

In a report to members of the committee the authority’s strategic director of communities Alan McKeown said: “The homes would cater for a small group of children who have very complex needs who require residential support.

“Children within this group are typically unable to live at home and are unable to sustain or engage with family based fostering or kinship services.

“The stated aim is to achieve positive long term outcomes for children within the identified client group who have an assessed need for a residential child care placement.

“Angus has a reasonably consistent demand for 12 additional placements in the type of accommodation proposed over and above current provision which can result in children having to be placed outwith Angus.”

“A review of vacant sites was carried out. The only sites that were available that could accommodate the home was the application site and Seaton Park.

“Seaton Park was discounted on location grounds as it is close to a residential area. The proposed accommodation may be occupied by children with challenging behaviour and this can lead to conflict with neighbours if their accommodation is too close.”

No objections were raised against the plans by the head of roads, Scottish Water, the community council or the Care Commission.

Additionally there were no letters of representation received either.

Mr McKeown added: “Approval of the application would lead to the ongoing provision of an important social service within Arbroath where this service provision is primarily required.”