A detached house in Leyland will become a care home for foster children.

The four bed, two storey home in Farington will be turned into a home for children before they are taken into foster care.

South Ribble Borough Council received a planning application from the Cambian Group PLC in August, a care group who focus on rehabilitating children who have been taken into care.

The company focuses on transitioning children from a care home environment into a foster care situation, home return or supported accommodation.

South Ribble granted Cambian official permission to operate a care home out of the house yesterday (October 20).

The interior changes to 29 Highfield Avenue which is due to be made into a care home.

The agent, William Rogers from Planning Potential, shed further light on the organisation and the use of the building as a care home.

He said: "For more than 14 years, Cambian Group has provided specialist residential care services for children.

"Cambian provides nurturing home environments where children can feel safe, supported and able to progress and achieve their personal best.

"The Group is focused on rehabilitation and measured outcomes, enabling transition into foster care, supported accommodation or home return.

"Small scale residential care for children is one of a number of services offered by Cambian.

"The group currently offers 544 holistic specialist placements across 165 homes to young adults.

"Cambian also operates residential institutions, residential schools, day schools and a specialist foster care business and fostering services."

After South Ribble Borough Council granted permission to Cambian the company were able to legally turn the house into a care home under Ofsted laws.

The house will accommodate up to two children aged between eight and 18.

These children will be supported by two staff both day and night operating on a 12 hour shift bases, running from 10am to 10pm.

According to the planning document these carers will essentially become "surrogate parents" to the children.

"Visits from the parents will be infrequent and the carers will effectively become the children's surrogate parents," continued the application.

"The staff and children will live together as a single household like any other family.

"Facilities will be shared and living mode will be communal.

"Indeed the home will not materially differ from a dwellinghouse and will not affect the existing residential character of the area."

No major changes will be made to the property itself although interior furnishings will be altered including the installation of beds, tables, sofas and desks.

Partition walls and doors will also be constructed in order to create new rooms.

No changes will be made to the garden or the existing outbuilding at the property.