May 4, 2022 7.30 pm

Proposed Louth children’s home would reduce number sent out of Lincolnshire

The former Pilgrim School would be demolished to make way

By Local Democracy Reporter

A former school is set to be demolished to make way for a children’s home.

The Pilgrim Community Special School on Victoria Road, Louth, closed in 2020.

Plans have been submitted to knock the building down and replace it with a two-storey, six-bedroom children’s home.

Kier Design and Business Service, who have drawn up designs on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council, say that it would ensure that less children in care would be looked after out of the county.

15 full-time staff would be employed at the home, looking after six children aged 12 to 18 years.

The site is located behind the Riverhead Theatre.

The building was originally constructed as day-centre in the 1970s, and was re-purposed as the Pilgrim School in 2016, before closing four years later.

The plans would replace the former Pilgrim School | Photo: Kier Designs / Lincolnshire County Council

The proposed building aims to appear as domestic as possible, providing a safe, homely feel.

The application states: “The proposals put forward in this planning application will provide high-quality facilities for children in care.

“A new children’s home in Louth will ensure young people in care can remain close to their local communities and support networks, reducing the number of children who need to be sent to homes outside the county.

“The new home will have an emphasis on creating a domestic and homely environment for them. It will be designed to cater for their individual needs and strengths, helping them to reach their aspirations.”

The existing garden area and the car park would be retained as part of the plans.

They have now been submitted to West Lindsey District Council, and will be determined at a later date.