Planning battle for children’s home has significance for other providers

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A recent battle in Dudley over planning consent was lost by Green Corns, a major provider of children’s care services. The Dudley Council requires that planning consent must be sought for the operation of even the smallest homes, following a co-ordinated protest campaign by local residents and the local Member of Parliament. This was followed a few weeks later in August by vandalism to another unit in the Wolverhampton area, a property that Green Corns proposed to open early next year. Healthcare partner at GVA Grimley LLP Andrew Sidwell said the implications for providers of children’s services across the UK could be profound. “There is an acute need for such services,” said Mr Sidwell. “Operators provide these services under very tough regulatory and staffing regimes. However, it is clear that a groundswell of popular opposition can make expansion and development problematical and time consuming. “There is a positive aspect for providers, however, in that existing homes with planning consent and established

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