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Fury over plans for residential home

DAMSONWOOD residents fear that plans to create a care home for young people will see an increase in anti-social behaviour.

DAMSONWOOD residents fear that plans to create a care home for young people will see an increase in anti-social behaviour.

A planning application to set-up a “residential care home” in Thelsford Way will be considered by planning chiefs next week. This week, Solihull Council denied that the building would be for young offenders, saying that it would operate similar to a foster home.

But a letter received by residents doesn’t rule-out the possibility of some of the youths coming from secure institutions.

Neighbours are up in arms about the proposals and argue that the facility could lead to trouble on the estate.

On Monday afternoon, they met to discuss the plans and more than 100 people have already signed a petition.

Mum-of-two Rachel Weston said that there was a lot of uncertainty and only a few residents had received letters about the proposals.

Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Eric Porter, aged 78, said: “I’m concerned because there are already problems with anti-social behaviour in the area.”

And an 83-year-old, who didn’t want to be named, argued that it was entirely the wrong location - many young families and pensioners live nearby.

The Solihull News was unable to speak to the applicant, but was shown a statement which had been put through neighbours’ doors.

It said that there would be five residents at the home at any one time - aged from 11-16-years-old.

“The residents will not necessarily be from any secure institutions, and neither will they be affected by any serious mental, disabled or social factors.

“They will simply be young people who have been failed by traditional learning patterns and institutions.”

The application is due to go to the planning committee next Wednesday (September 29).

 

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