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Plans for children’s home in Tonypandy due to be considered 

Kenry Street In Tonypandy (Pic: Google Maps)

PLANS for a children’s home in Tonypandy are due to be considered by councillors.

The application for the conversion of an existing house to a residential children’s home at 142 Kenry Street in Tonypandy will go before Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s planning committee on Thursday, October 19.

It would involve an internal conversion of the property only with no external works or enlargement of the property proposed.

There is outdoor space and a detached garage to the rear and the care home would have a maximum capacity of three  residents.

When the home is fully occupied, the staffing ratio throughout the day would be a manager, a duty manager, a shift lead/ senior and two residential care workers.

Overnight, there would be two night staff with a senior or support worker on sleep and one on a waking shift

There were nine objections submitted which say that the residential location is not suitable for the proposed use, existing parking problems along Kenry Street would be made worse, it will cause unnecessary stress and anxiety to neighbouring occupiers and affect elderly neighbours living nearby with families and young children and there are concerns associated with works undertaken though the installation of water tanks and the sprinkler system.

Other concerns include that the decision has been made prior to the submission of the application, the risk of noise, lack of information on the applicant, potential anti-social behaviour, loss of property values in area and concern about a loss of housing supply for local residents.

Planning officers are recommending approval and said in the committee report: “The application site is in a predominantly residential area and a highly sustainable location with good access to public transport and key services and facilities, which is considered acceptable.

“The site also relates to an existing residential property and, other than an element of care and the presence of a small number of staff, the proposed use would continue to be residential in nature.

“Furthermore, the proposal would not involve external alterations and would not impact upon the character and appearance of the application property or upon the amenity and privacy of surrounding properties. Nor would it have any adverse impact upon highway safety in the vicinity of the site.”