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Care home plans must be approved

THE company behind plans to turn a house into a care home for troubled young people has been told it needs to apply for formal planning permission. Horizon Care had hoped to convince council officials that the house in Gainsborough Drive, Beltinge, could be lawfully used without needing approval. But planning officers at Canterbury City Council refused to grant a certificate allowing it to go ahead, although they warned the decision was only based on lack of evidence and could be reversed.

The home would be for three young people and three members of staff but neighbours said it constituted a business rather than a family unit. In letters to the planning department, they raised concerns about antisocial behaviour, an increase in traffic and changes to the house including alarms on windows. According to the application, among the people considered to live at the home would be those who have repeatedly run away from previous homes, or are in a cycle of criminal offending.

Herne Bay Times, July 2nd 2014