CONTENTIOUS plans for a young people’s residential home on the outskirts of Llanelli have been discussed again by Carmarthenshire county councillors.
They had turned down a change of use application for the home in Llwynhendy at a planning committee meeting in February, against the advice of planning officers.
Applicant Freshstart Care Ltd said the seven-bedroom property would accommodate three children aged 11 to 18 and also two members of staff.
Freshstart Care said the home would be for vulnerable, neglected and disadvantaged children who were in the care of a local authority outside Carmarthenshire.
A report before the planning committee on June 30 said: “The proposal is not to accommodate children who are in the justice system.
“There has been a lot of miscommunication surrounding the application and the children who may be accommodated at the site.”
Freshstart Care’s application had prompted more than 30 emails and letters from the community, with all but two opposing the scheme.
A petition of opposition was signed by more than 130 people.
The planning report before the committee pointed out that Freshstart Care did not have a website, and that a company trading under the same name was “entirely separate to the applicants”.
The property in question on Erw Las has a large back garden, and the applicants would need to register it with regulators Care Inspectorate Wales.
Back in February the planning committee came up with six draft refusal reasons – among them adverse impact on the community and unsafe location – but these need to be agreed or otherwise at Tuesday’s virtual meeting.
Members were told that the Welsh Government would approve or reject the change of use application following a non-determination appeal by Freshstart Care, but that the council’s reasons for refusal would need to be submitted.
Cllr Kevin Madge said he wanted to be careful what he said, because “I didn’t mean to say what I said last time”.
“I’m supporting all the reasons for the refusal for this application,” he said.
His proposal was seconded.
Cllr Eirwyn Williams said: “I can’t see that anything has changed.”
The committee then approved the draft reasons for refusal.