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Proposed supported living

facility opposed

    by Nicola Watson  

A LETTER-FORMAT petition to oppose the planning application to turn Withernsea’s former NatWest bank into a supported living facility for 16 to 21-yearolds has been launched.

A banner appeared on the railings outside the three-storey building on Queen Street on the evening of Monday, August 6, ahead of the deadline for public comments on Thursday, August 16.

Organiser Withernsea Town Councillor Callum Hollingworth told the Gazette the letter format petition is available at McColl’s store.

“This extra effort ensures all and any residents who want to voice their opinion get the chance to do so, and the banner is to bring it to the people’s attention.

“I have worked among many of these proposed facilities and I have seen the rapid and devastating effects they have when placed in the wrong locations, I fully support the rehabilitation and integration of people with needs but this wouldn’t serve to help them, and it would have a hugely detrimental impact on everybody close by including the pubs, shops, houses and even the schools,” Cllr Hollingworth said. He  will deliver the petition to the planning authority East Riding Council.

Nearby pub landlord, Nick Arundale, landlord of the Butterfly public house, said: “I know these young adults need help and somewhere to stay, but I feel that the location is completely wrong. I fear that it may bring trouble into the centre of town and affect many local businesses and residents.”

Applicant Michael Junaid is seeking permission to provide ‘a secure environment;’ for young people. The planning statement says the proposed change of use to the former bank will ‘provide a small unit specialist accommodation,’ to equip young people to ‘accomplish their ambitions.’ Eight bedrooms are proposed and the home will provide: ‘short, medium and longer term care,’ according to the planning statement.

Withernsea Town Council is to consider the application at its meeting next Monday, August 13 at the Meridian Centre from 7pm.

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