Plans have been submitted to convert a house into a care home for young people.

Therapeutic Care Ltd wants to acquire the property in Preston Road, Longridge, which will be used by the children in care and no more than two carers resident overnight.

More carers will attend as necessary but there will only be two young people in care at the home at any one time.

A planning application submitted to Ribble Valley Borough Council said: “The proposed layout plan supplied shows there are no internal physical changes and there are no alterations to the external parts of the building. The only use changes to rooms downstairs is that the bedroom becomes a staff room.

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“Upstairs, two of the bedrooms become bedrooms for the children, and one for overnight staff.

“The specifically proposed use is for two children and up to two members of staff, but these members of staff would be rotated according to a rota. Other members of staff providing care would be utilised as necessary.”

Further information supplied by Therapeutic Care Ltd said the children would be vulnerable young people taken into care by the social services authority and they would not require visiting medical practitioners “to any greater degree than children in a ‘normal’ dwelling house.”

They also said the home is not a secure home, meaning children would be able to leave in the same way they would in a family, but there would be proper levels of supervision as there will always be members of staff on site.

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They continued: “This will become the child’s home and therefore will be treated as such, allowing them to come and go and be part of the wider community.

“If there are concerns over the young person’s behaviour or risk-taking behaviours, then they would be accompanied by the staff member when they leave the property.”

Anyone wishing to comment on the planning application can do so via the council’s website.