Plans lodged for children’s home in Motherwell

The former business centre that could become a children's home.
The former business centre that could become a children's home.

An organisation planning to open a children’s home in Motherwell is asking for understanding from people who live in the vicinity.

Inspire Scotland wants to convert the former Braidhurst Business Centre in Forgewood into accommodation for up to five youngsters who would otherwise go to foster families.

The organisation has similar units in other parts of the west of Scotland, but an application to open a home in Kilsyth ran into fierce opposition from nearby residents and was rejected by North Lanarkshire Council last month.

The building in Davaar Drive is next to St Luke’s Church and was formerly the parish priest’s home before the church sold it. It was last used as a base for a security company but is currently empty.

Inspire Scotland was set up three years ago and works with agencies to help children throughout Scotland with ‘a variety of complex needs’.

Head of placements Brian Hill said: “We try to replicate as closely as we can a family home. We have a maximum of five young people in a house.

“We hope it becomes like a home for them and not just a children’s home. All of our staff are well qualified, homes are staffed 24 hours a day and we hope to make a positive impact in the community.

“We hope to be good neighbours and I hope people see it for what it is - an attempt to help those less fortunate.”

The plans have been lodged with North Lanarkshire Council and councillors on the planning committee will be asked to make a decision.

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