RESIDENTS have been asked for their views on plans to turn a Victorian building in Worsbrough Bridge into a children’s home.

An application, which was submitted to the council last month, seeks to change the use of the property from a house of multiple occupation (HMO) into a children’s home.

A total of three new jobs will be created should the application be approved – two full-time and one part-time.

The home will provide care for three looked after children with learning needs and autism.

A report states: “Priority places will be given to children from the Barnsley local authority, and we have received communication from the children services that they will welcome additional support in this area.

“Children placements with learning needs and autism are often long term, meaning there is an opportunity for the team to build care and stability for these children.”

A total of 27 neighbours have been made aware of the plans with no appeals to date.

Consultation ends on March 20.

Coun Jake Lodge, who represents the ward said that he wants residents to respond to the public consultation.

“I would strongly encourage residents to make their views known on this planning application which has been submitted for consideration, whether they choose to object or add a positive comment, there is time do so,” he said.

“I know there will be debate around this locally and I want to ensure that all residents are able to make their views heard.

“Should anyone need advice on how to make an objection or comment, then please do contact me and I would be happy to direct them to the most appropriate route.’’