Concerns over children’s home plans with repeated police call-outs

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Concerns over children’s home plans with repeated police call-outs

Concerns over children’s home plans with repeated police call-outs
2021-07-20 19:23:00
Residents have claimed a new Hessle children's home could see repeated police call outs after officers visited others “once every five days”. East Riding Council's Western Area Planning Sub-Committee heard Humberside Police figures showed officers were called out to two other local homes 323 times from 2017 to 2020. Read more: Plans for 'monolithic' retirement home put on hold Objector Ian Burrell told the committee there were also concerns over staff being on site 24 hours a day and there was not enough room for five proposed parking spaces. But Ceri Allan, who spoke on behalf of applicant David Leeman, told councillors 24 hour shift patterns were common at such homes. She added it would reduce staff change overs and the increased traffic they would bring and the home would be willing to make further parking changes if further issues arise. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. It comes as councillors voted to approve the application to convert the former Greencourt family home at a meeting today (Tuesday, July 20). Plans for the home state it would house up to four children aged eight to 16 from troubled backgrounds or with emotional or psychological needs. It would employ 12 staff, with at least two on site at any time, and plans propose parking for five vehicles including one to take children to and from school. A total of 73 objections were lodged against the plans, with two comments in support also submitted. Humberside Police and council highways officers raised no objections to the plans, but Hessle Town Council opposed them. Find planning applications near you Mr Burrell said police call outs to other such homes and possible parking issues meant the peace of mind of nearby residents could not be “assured”. The objector said: “With parking for five vehicles proposed they would not be able to enter and exit without causing disturbances, on street parking isn't supported on safety grounds. “A children's home in Hull has staff changing over for shifts several times a day, there could be up to nine staff on site at those times. Watch to find out more about the planning system: Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now “Residents submitted a freedom of information request to Humberside Police which showed there had been 802 reports about two other East Riding homes of a similar size. “Officers attended 323 times from 2017 to 2020, once every five days on average, residents have serious concerns about this.” Cllr David Nolan, committee member and ward member for Hessle, said while locals accepted the need for such homes, they were concerned about the “problems” it could bring. The ward member said: “It seems that as well as parking for staff and visitors, there would probably have to be space for the police given the record of the other two homes. Cllr David Nolan said Heads Lane tended to be congested during rush hour times. (Image: Google) “It's not unusual as these homes do bring problems, residents nearby bought their homes without expecting this to be visited on them and now they face years of harm and misery. “At rush hour nearby roads get busy, we wouldn't want any parking on Heads Lane as it would cause congestion.” Ms Allan told councillors the applicant had agreed to move a bike shed from the back to the front of the home to improve the traffic situation. She added staff were needed on site all hours in case the children there got up at night. Committee member Cllr Leo Hammond, who backed approved, said there was “no evidence” that problems would come from the home. He added it should be approved so councillors could include conditions to help stop any issues arising. Plans showing proposed parking arrangements for the children's home approved on Heads Lane in Hessle (Image: E

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