Home looks set to grow

Exmoor Grove
Exmoor Grove

A CHILDREN’S home is looking to expand and is hoping for the backing of councillors.

Exmoor Grove Children’s Home, in Hartlepool, has applied to Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning department for permission to build an extension to house an extra bedroom.

The council’s planning committee will meet next week to discuss the proposals, which are recommended for approval.

The 10-bed home was recently rated as “good” for the fourth consecutive time after a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors and now bosses are looking to build an extra bedroom and make an existing room en-suite.

The care unit, which was fully inspected in September, offers short-break residential care for children and young people with physical and/or learning disabilities.

A planning report said: “The proposals are for the erection of a single storey extension to provide additional bedroom at a children’s home in Exmoor Grove.

“The existing 10 bed space facility provides a respite and residential service for children with learning difficulties and or challenging behaviour.

“The new extension will house an en-suite shower room to one of the existing bedrooms.

“Part of the new extension, together with internal alterations, will provide an additional bedroom.”

The report added that it had been referred to the planning committee because it was a council application.

Exmoor Grove is registered with Ofsted to provide short-break care provision for young people between the ages of five and 18.

The home was a purpose built building to deliver care for children with disabilities and opened in September 1985.

The Exmoor Grove site, which has a car park and landscaped gardens, was includes a secure children’s play area.

Ahead of the planning committee meeting, there has been one objection which raised concerns about potential car parking problems.

There has been no objections from Hartlepool Council’s public protection department and planning chiefs say the proposals are acceptable.

Ofsted has a duty to inspect children’s homes twice a year.

Councillors will meet on Wednesday, January 22, at 10am at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.