A new home for Dorset children
Plans for 45 Dorchester Road
Our proposal is to create a new home for Dorset children.
Why do we need a home for local children?
Dorset children need to grow up and be cared for in Dorset.
Some children are not able to live with their families and have to be cared for by the council. A shortage of accommodation means some Dorset children have to leave their schools, their friends and everything they know and be placed in care far away. This is not good enough for them. It's also very expensive as it means sending money out of the county instead of investing in skilled jobs locally.
What's the plan?
We would like to build a home for up to 5 Dorset children and young people in the grounds of 45 Dorchester Road, Weymouth. The new home will give local children a better and more secure start in life.
The new home we're proposing has been designed to be sympathetic to the architecture within the local conservation area. Professionally designed landscaping and planting will greatly improve the site and make it an asset to the neighbourhood.
Changes at 45 Dorchester Road Weymouth
Under our proposals the existing building will be improved and transformed into a centre to help children as they first come into care.
Our team of dedicated professional staff will be based here to provide the support and care they need. They will assess the needs of children and young people with the aim of either reuniting them with their family or helping them begin a new life with a foster family.
When could this happen?
If our proposals go ahead we hope to complete the project by winter 2021.
Next steps in the home for children project
We will submit a planning application soon.
Check back here for updates on the project's progress.
Have your say about our home for children project
We held a live online Q&A session on Wednesday 1 July and we'll make a video of this available soon.
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Design plans for the Weymouth home for children
See the design plans for the Weymouth home for children.