Supported living plans met with objection

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLANNING AUTHORITY: Darlington Town Hall. PLANNING AUTHORITY: Darlington Town Hall.

OBJECTIONS have been raised over plans to convert farmland near Hurworth into an accommodation complex for vulnerable young people.

An application has been made to Darlington Borough Council for six log cabins at Green Lane Farm, in Neasham Road.

The development would include supported accommodation for vulnerable young people and families, the conversion of an existing outbuilding into a manager's office, as well as associated landscaping, access and car parking.

Council planning officers are considering the application which is expected to come before the planning committee later this year.

England and Lyle, the Darlington-based consultants acting on behalf of the applicants, acknowledged in papers submitted to the planning authority that the proposal is outside the borough's development area and 'do not constitute a form of development that would normally be supported in open countryside'.

It adds: "The proposed log cabins will be used as part of a facility that will provide supported accommodation for primarily vulnerable pregnant women, unsupported mothers and young families.

"[It] will be managed by the applicant in association with Reach Out Care's supported housing charity.

"The proposed facility will enable the vulnerable families to leave their home environment and move to one of the proposed units for an appropriate period.

"[It]... will help users develop the necessary skills to move onto independent living."

The lodges would be occupied by people receiving support and training and would not be a permanent home for clients.

Hurworth Parish Council has objected to the scheme.

An email from parish clerk Peter Allan to the council's planning department reads: "Residents in the area are extremely concerned about this new development, and the [parish] council shares their concerns.

"There are already 118 other similar buildings which have received planning permission in the area, of which only about 20 have been built.

"There seems no immediate market or need for more log cabins in this area.

"The application mentions vulnerable young people - this will be a very dangerous place for vulnerable young people as this risk of traffic and horse-related accidents is very high.

"Hurworth Parish Council is strongly against this application and asks DBC to reject it."

A number of identically-worded letters of objection from residents living close to the planned development have been sent to the Town Hall.

They raise objections on a number of grounds, including noise and light pollution, road safety and a lack of access to transport or facilities.

The letters state: "The families staying in the cabins will presumably be on low incomes, so will rely on local transport. Doctors, hospitals, shops, schools and nurseries are not within reasonable walking distance.

"The ground area of the proposed development is a former landfill site, which is monitored for hazardous has.

"Any disturbances caused by groundworks for the proposed developments could cause environmental harm."

Comments (9)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

2:21pm Sun 25 May 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Build it where the Councillors live. See how they like it. Hypocritical tossers that they are.
Build it where the Councillors live. See how they like it. Hypocritical tossers that they are. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 4

4:28pm Sun 25 May 14

Cotto9 says...

The more this goes on, the more I'm starting to think Darlington council's ambitions are to create a slum.

Stop building crappy housing. Please.
The more this goes on, the more I'm starting to think Darlington council's ambitions are to create a slum. Stop building crappy housing. Please. Cotto9
  • Score: 3

6:54pm Sun 25 May 14

darloboss says...

what a great opportunity for the good and great of hurworth including joe kelly and the other to$$er martin swainston to get behind this to prove they are not nimbys oh ho forgot swainston lives in brafferton nowere near hurworth
what a great opportunity for the good and great of hurworth including joe kelly and the other to$$er martin swainston to get behind this to prove they are not nimbys oh ho forgot swainston lives in brafferton nowere near hurworth darloboss
  • Score: 3

7:25pm Sun 25 May 14

Teesflyer says...

This happens to be the same application, sent for reassessment to DBC, that I commented on some weeks ago. The original application quoted support, indeed partnership, with a charitable organisation - however this was subsequently withdrawn and resubmitted in its current guise, when it became known that the charity concerned had NO knowledge of the application and NO involvement with the party concerned. How can such an obviously mismanaged, ill-informed and possibly fraudulent application continue to be considered by DBC?
This happens to be the same application, sent for reassessment to DBC, that I commented on some weeks ago. The original application quoted support, indeed partnership, with a charitable organisation - however this was subsequently withdrawn and resubmitted in its current guise, when it became known that the charity concerned had NO knowledge of the application and NO involvement with the party concerned. How can such an obviously mismanaged, ill-informed and possibly fraudulent application continue to be considered by DBC? Teesflyer
  • Score: 2

8:05pm Sun 25 May 14

stevegg says...

Wouldnt expect anything else from affluent NIMBYS who think their village shoud remain a preserve of the rich and well connected.
Wouldnt expect anything else from affluent NIMBYS who think their village shoud remain a preserve of the rich and well connected. stevegg
  • Score: -4

12:06am Mon 26 May 14

Spy Boy says...

These are vulnerable kids, not criminals. The pressures on kids these days can be tough, so we need to do the best we can to help them. Getting them into a suitable location would seem to be a good idea. Why not Hurworth?
These are vulnerable kids, not criminals. The pressures on kids these days can be tough, so we need to do the best we can to help them. Getting them into a suitable location would seem to be a good idea. Why not Hurworth? Spy Boy
  • Score: 3

10:08am Mon 26 May 14

think twice says...

Why have the applicants not been identified?
Traffic and horses may not be the only dangers to vulnerable people.
Why have the applicants not been identified? Traffic and horses may not be the only dangers to vulnerable people. think twice
  • Score: 0

10:02pm Wed 28 May 14

Getting_uppity says...

Is this the workings of wonderful people or a massive money making scheme???? I strongly suspect it is the latter the applicants will be remaining anonymous as they are vile individuals who use vulnerable people as a form of massive financial gain. Lets face it, people will think 'wow look at these amazing people wanting to help vulnerable people'.
Well lets reflect, open the matter up... land worth a massive amount of money, vulnerable people worth a massive amount of money and a private company who can put money into the project for financial gain. Don't be fooled people this is nothing more than private companies making more money out of vulnerable people.
Is this the workings of wonderful people or a massive money making scheme???? I strongly suspect it is the latter the applicants will be remaining anonymous as they are vile individuals who use vulnerable people as a form of massive financial gain. Lets face it, people will think 'wow look at these amazing people wanting to help vulnerable people'. Well lets reflect, open the matter up... land worth a massive amount of money, vulnerable people worth a massive amount of money and a private company who can put money into the project for financial gain. Don't be fooled people this is nothing more than private companies making more money out of vulnerable people. Getting_uppity
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Wed 28 May 14

Getting_uppity says...

Northern echo

11:58am Tuesday 14th November 2006
Therapy centre to be rejected
Northern echo 11:58am Tuesday 14th November 2006 Therapy centre to be rejected Getting_uppity
  • Score: 1

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree