Children’s residential and supported accommodation planning advice note

The Council’s aim is to ensure that good quality accommodation is available in appropriate premises and locations within the borough to meet the needs of looked-after children within the care of the Council. At the same time, it is imperative that there is no undue harmful impact towards the character and amenities of local neighbourhoods. Policy 47 “The Effect of Development on Public Services” of the adopted Blackburn With Darwen Borough Local Plan (Site Allocations and Development Management Policies) (December 2015), sets out how the local planning authority will manage development in line with the following objectives:

To ensure that planning decisions as far as possible support the commissioning strategy for facilities and services;

  • To assist in managing demand for support services so as to ensure that appropriate levels of service to existing users within Blackburn With Darwen can be maintained; and
  • To assist in improving Blackburn With Darwen’s overall offer, and perceptions of its offer, by reducing levels of crime, anti-social behaviour and the perceived threat of these.

This planning advice note is intended to inform and assist applicants seeking planning permission for the development of or change of use of an existing building to a children’s residential and supported accommodation.

The advice note is intended to offer clarification and information to applicants. Nevertheless, it will be a material planning consideration in the assessment of planning applications.