A proposal to convert a South Cheshire block of flats into a children’s home has been approved by planners.
Applicant Richard Assassa lodged plans to Cheshire East Council to transform The Wharf Residence in Crewe into a new children’s home complete with outreach unit and emergency placements.
A statement to Cheshire East says there would be a maximum of 10 children stopping at the Thomas Street home at any one time – with some planned and some emergency stays.
There would also be 10 staff working at the site with overnight employees sleeping in a staff bedroom.
The statement reads: “The home will be well resourced in order to provide a variety of activities and opportunities for the young people.
“The applicant strives for its young people to be active members of the local community and to fit into the tranquil nature of the immediate surroundings.
“Young people and care staff develop strong relationships and attachments, and this is used as a foundation to build success with their young people.
“The Wharf will provide an important step for children, offering them a nurturing environment whilst also providing respite for parents who are struggling from the demands of full-time childcare.”
Before becoming The Wharf Residence the site – which comprises of three buildings – included the Sleepers Hotel and the Bollywood Masala restaurant.
It currently has parking spaces for 14 cars.
Cheshire East received two objections and one letter in support of the application. However officers approved the application.
In a statement they said: “The proposed development is considered to be acceptable in keeping with the character of the area, and would not have such a significantly adverse impact on the amenities of neighbours or any future residents of this proposed childrens care home as to justify a reason for refusal in this case.”