Troubled-teen home planned for Mansfield street

The house on Layton Avenue, which could be turned into a home for troubled teenagers.
The house on Layton Avenue, which could be turned into a home for troubled teenagers.

A care company that had controversial plans to turn a Mansfield property into a home for troubled youngsters has submitted similar plans for a second home in the town.

Cambian Group had their plans to transform the property on High Oakham Road rejected by planners in August, but have now turned their attention a large house on Layton Avenue.

According to the planning application submitted to Mansfield District Council, the company has agreed to buy the large seven-bedroom property known as Layton Hurst, which is a former nursing home.

The building has been on the market for £375,000, and Cambian says thjat has price has been agreed.

They hope to provide a five-bedroom facility, along with a staff room, office and reception.

It will be for people aged between 16 and 25 who have special needs or have suffered trauma, with a purpose of providing a ‘home from home’ to allow them to integrate into the community.

Attempting to quell the fears of nearby residents, as part of their planning statement Cambian said: “The nature of the residents, being those with a range of special needs, would not pose any personal safety or crime issues, or affect the perception of crime in the local area.”

But the move has worried some in the area.

Ellen Tonks, deputy manager at Tiny World nursery almost opposite the property, said: “It is something we have concerns about, we’re all for helping young people but it’s not really ideal.

“They are setting themselves up for a fall by putting it near the town centre.”

Mike Wayte, who has lived on the street for more than 20 years added: “We have enough trouble here as it is, there are drug problems and they put ex-offenders in a house round the corner.

“I will certainly not be in favour of this.”

Cambian say the home will create eight jobs, with four members of staff on site at all times.

As part of their planning statement, Cambian say the site would be ideal because of the property’s previous use as a nursing home.

They also claim there is a shortage of specialist care services for children in the area.