Isolated farm house near Shifnal can be turned into a children's home - planners
Plans to turn a farm house into a children's home have been approved despite safety concerns from objectors.
Children's home operator Esland North Limited successfully argued that changing Woodside Farm, in Lizard Lane, Tong, near Shifnal, would be no different from continuing to use it as a domestic home.
The company responded to concerns lodged by members of the public about the dangers to children of living near a working farm.
One member of the public said: "The safety and welfare of the children placed in such homes is paramount. The proposed location of this application is on and what will continue to be a working farm with industrial units and farm storage facilities servicing the local farming community.
"This carries multiple health and safety risks which should be considered."
Planning agent Katherine Stevens of Gillings Planning responded in a lengthy letter to Shropshire Council planners.
"It is noted and agreed the health and safety of the children is paramount and the location of Esland’s children’s care homes and assessment centres are always assessed for their suitability," she wrote.