B&B could turn into a children’s home

Coun Kim Snape
Coun Kim Snape
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Plans have been put forward to convert a Bed and Breakfast into a children’s home in Chorley.

An application has been submitted to Chorley Council by ROC Northwest Limited to convert Ivy House, Heath Charnock, into a children’s home.

The home is for children with learning difficulties aged eight to 18.

Six staff and six children will be homed at the property.

Coun Kim Snape, borough ward councillor for Heath Charnock, said: “Some residents have raised their concerns about the building and the nature of the young people that will be living there.

“We will be holding a meeting to discuss the options, as there is so little information on the planning application.

“We will formulate our plans and questions and relay them to the developers or Chorley Council.”

ROC Northwest Limited is currently in the process of completing the purchase of Ivy House.

Once the property has been bought, work will immediately start transforming the property into a home.

The work and purchasing of the building is expected to take 10 weeks.

Ben Waterhouse, business development manager at ROC Northwest, said: “We are 
currently in the process of completing the purchase of Ivy House.

“Once completed, it will take us three weeks to convert everything into a suitable home.

“We have the support of Lancashire County Council and our main aim is to keep children in touch with their families.

“We don’t want to take them away and we want them to build a relationship.”