Cottage in Somerset village could become registered children’s home

A SOMERSET cottage could become a registered children’s home if plans are approved.

Care firm Inspire Together has applied to Somerset Council for permission to change the use of Wheelwright Cottage, in Top Street, Kingsdon, near Somerton, to a children’s home.

The application said the three-bedroom cottage would be used to provide accommodation for children in care.

In a covering letter for the planning application, Jo Allen, head of operations at Inspire Together, said a recent report by Ofsted revealed a lack of registered placements for young people.

“By opening Wheelwright Cottage as a registered children’s home, we aim to contribute towards solving this issue by providing a safe and suitable environment for children requiring residential care,” he said.

Inspire Together, established in 2022, was “dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of individuals with learning disabilities, autism, and mental health needs”, he went on.

“Opening Wheelwright Cottage as a registered children’s home aligns perfectly with our mission, as it allows us to offer specialised care and support to vulnerable children, ensuring their wellbeing and development are prioritised,” the application added.

Mr Allen said the cottage would have a “positive and lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children”.

The application also noted how North Somerset Council and Devon Council had expressed a “particular requirement” for homes in the region – though Kingsdon is in the Somerset Council area.

“By aligning with the goals and recommendations of Ofsted, fulfilling the mission of Inspire Together, and meeting the expressed need of local councils, we are confident this project will make a substantial positive impact on the lives of the children it cares for,” he added.

For more details on the plan, and to comment, log on to and search for application reference 24/00296/COL.

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