A PLANNING application to convert a property into four self contained flats for care leavers aged 16 and 17 which sparked objections has been withdrawn.

The proposals for the change of use of 41 Cowley Hill Lane, along with staff office facilities, were submitted to the council.

Plans stated: “Leaving care is the defining criteria, although young people referred may have additional vulnerabilities or have undergone adverse childhood experiences”.

They added: “The need for this style of accommodation reflects Omega Care’s commitment to meeting the diverse needs of care leavers placed with the organisation”.

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The application added: “Currently, 41 Cowley Hill provides quality accommodation within a ‘real world’ setting, with young peoples’ flats representative of the style of accommodation that they may realistically access as they move into adulthood”.

It said there is a core staff team of three at the property, supported and managed by the Service Lead, with lone working as standard practice.

It said that visiting hours for family and friends would be between 4pm and 10pm.

The plans sparked several letter of objection from residents.

One said that "Ever since Omega has obtained this property" there has been "an increase in police activity" and that this was having an "adverse effect" on the residents at Briars Green.

They also cited "illegal parking" on the bend outside the property and at the entrance to Briars Green causing a "blindspot and a potential accident waiting to happen".

The planning application has been withdrawn, a decision notice has confirmed.

The applicant was told to speak to the case officer to discuss any amendments or revisions to the proposals if they intend to resubmit.