CONTROVERSIAL plans to turn a six-bedroomed suburban house into a care home for our vulnerable young people are to be considered by councillors.

The scheme for the large detached property at the corner of Church Street and Granville in Briercliffe has generated four objections from neighbours and one from the parish council.

The proposal by Residential Child Care Community (North West) Ltd will be considered by Burnley Council Development Control Committee on Thursday.

A planning officers' report recommends approval with four conditions.

It says:"The proposal is for a change of use from a dwelling to a home for up to for young people aged between seven and 18 at a large detached house within the Harle Syke Conservation Area.

"A total of four staff would be employed at the premises.

"The accommodation is mainly on two floors, with a further two bedrooms in the roof space and would be used to provide four bedrooms for children, one staff bedroom and a first floor staff office/watching watch room.

"Carers will operate shifts to provide 24-hour care and support to children .

"The property would however be used in a similar way as a large family home.

"Objections to the proposed use have referred to concern that it may lead to anti-social behaviour which is already a concern in Briercliffe.

"The young people who would occupy the premises are likely to have vulnerable backgrounds but would be supported in as close to a family home environment as possible which means going to school, being supported with homework and every day life.

"There is no reason why this should lead to anti-social behaviour or that the new occupants could not integrate into the existing community."