De Pol continue to advise national care provider Hexagon Care Services on planning matters in relation to the opening of a number of children’s care homes across the country.
Hexagon Care is an established independent care provider operating nationally, delivering a wide range of care services for young people. One of their core services is to provide individual care homes for up to six young people. Hexagon pride themselves on ensuring that their homes are warm, nurturing places to live which encourage education, hobbies and leisure activities. For the benefit of the young people in their care it is essential that their homes mirror a normal housing environment in touch with the wider community.
In this setting, their care homes can often operate from existing domestic properties without the need to obtain formal planning permission. It is necessary however for Hexagon Care to obtain confirmation of this in the form of a Certificate of Lawfulness issued by the relevant Local Planning Authority.
De Pol assist Hexagon with the preparation and submission of Certificate of Lawfulness applications to the Council and in particular, setting out why the operation of their care homes would not materially differ from the day to day activities of a standard dwelling. This often involves the necessity to refer to relevant Case Law and decisions made by Appeal Inspectors. De Pol handle each individual application through to determination, liaising with Council Officers and statutory consultees where necessary.
Elsewhere De Pol continue to advise Hexagon Care on their range of other care services including short break care homes.