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Children’s home proposed for Llandudno flats in Conwy

LLANDUDNO flats could soon be turned into a home for vulnerable children and young people with complex needs.

The two apartments at Roslin, Sylvia Gardens North in Craig y Don, were occupied until June last year before the sale to a Cardiff-based housing association in August.

Mr David Owen of First Choice Housing Association has applied to Conwy County Council’s planning department, seeking permission for a change of use from flats to a children’s home.

If the flats get the go-ahead, the apartments could be transformed into three two-bedroom apartments.

The flats would home children as well as young people over 18 transitioning to care from social services.

The home would be regulated by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales.

According to the application, the hours of support would vary from child to child (or young person) with some having the option of twenty-four hour support.

In the application’s supporting information, a statement reads: “Support to those clients is provided by a range of domiciliary care providers, usually appointed by the local authority.

“The term ‘supported living’ delivers a range of housing support options for vulnerable people.

“Supported living is distinct from residential care and other schemes following basic principles whereby people have their own home, with the care and support they need to be provided completely separately.

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“This means they are able to exercise choice over how and when they live and who supports them.

“Supported living empowers vulnerable people and enables them to optimise independence and lead full and valued lives within their local community.

“Supported living can be a suitable option for vulnerable people when many have complex needs, as the support is tailored to individual needs.”

The application statement adds: “For some people living on their own is most suited to their needs whilst others may prefer to share.”

The application is likely to be debated at a future Conwy County Council planning committee meeting.