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Respite centre moves closer

Demolition plan: Coun Matthew Tomlinson at Lynnhurst, site of the proposed facility for disabled children

Demolition plan: Coun Matthew Tomlinson at Lynnhurst, site of the proposed facility for disabled children

A scheme to demolish a former residential home to make way for an overnight break centre for children with disabilities is gathering pace.

Lancashire County Council has put forward a planning application to South Ribble Council to pull down the Lynnhurst building in Stanifield Lane, Farington.

County Coun Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools at LCC, said: “This is a really positive development in the process.

“There is going to be a state-of-the-art facility for vulnerable children. One of the most pleasing aspects is that when we went out to public consultation, there was an overwhelming response that this would be the best site for the facility.

“This is the first step in the development, and I’m looking forward to seeing the work being done.”

It is expected that the project will take 18 months to complete.

When it is finished, the new centre will serve Preston, South Ribble and Chorley, and will replace services previously provided by Maplewood in 
Bamber Bridge, The Bungalow in Preston and Long Copse in Chorley.

Lancashire County Council launched a public consultation over two potential sites last year – this one in Leyland and another in Chorley. If the plans are approved by the council’s planning officers at delegated level, the existing building at Lynnhurst will be demolished and a high-spec centre will be built.

However, the reorganisation means the number of residential care worker posts will be reduced.

It is hoped that any redundancies involved will be on a voluntary basis.

 

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