Parish council opposes plans for children's care home in Hambleton village

PLANS to house six young people with behavioural and social difficulties in a Hambleton village have been opposed by a parish council over fears of anti-social behaviour and crime.

Hambleton District Council’s planning committee will on Thursday (August 21) discuss an application from the Priory Group, which also operates Hurworth House School, near Darlington, for a care home for children aged seven to 19 who are unable to attend mainstream school.

The group proposes to house six young people at a house in Brompton, near Northallerton, in a detached house with a large garden.

The agent for Priory Group said: “Hurworth House School is operated by the applicant and is a specialist school for children with behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders.

“The site will not accommodate young persons with drug or alcohol problems or those with acute psychiatric illnesses.”

The site would also be registered with Ofsted where a safety and security regime would be in place.

While the application has been recommended for approval by Hambleton planning officers, Brompton Parish Council and North Yorkshire Police neighbourhood team oppose the plans.

North Yorkshire Police have warned that at similar centres in Northallerton and Derbyshire, criminal activity has affected the local community.

The Priory Group also runs the Eastwood Grange School in Derbyshire, from which North Yorkshire Police said in the last two years there had been 140 calls to police, and of those 104 were for missing persons.

At Prospect Place children’s home in Northallerton, there were reports anti-social behaviour, arson, and of neighbours being verbally abused.

The parish council’s main objections were on safety and disturbance grounds for village residents, arguing that there would be potential for a rise in anti-social behaviour and crime.

A spokesman from the parish council said: “The council is of the view that to grant the planning application would not be in the interests of the protection or safety of the residents of Brompton.”

Brompton police team said it could not support the application, which would bring a “fear of crime” to Brompton.

But planning officer Alex Peel said while the proposal is not welcomed by North Yorkshire Police or the parish council, it was not a reason to refuse the proposal.

She added: “It would be necessary to identify reasons why a care home in this location would give rise to problems that would not be expected elsewhere.

“The scale of the unit is relatively small and is unlikely to cause excessive levels of noise and disturbance above any other multiple occupancy home of this scale.”

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9:49pm Mon 18 Aug 14

359282 says...

What kind of country do we live in ?
These children deserve better than this !

There's an Asian saying that goes ; "It takes two people to make a child, but it takes a village to bring the child up"

Evidently, we in Great Britain have a long way to go before we are the equal of our more developed Asian cousins.
What kind of country do we live in ? These children deserve better than this ! There's an Asian saying that goes ; "It takes two people to make a child, but it takes a village to bring the child up" Evidently, we in Great Britain have a long way to go before we are the equal of our more developed Asian cousins. 359282
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10:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

FairPlayforChildren says...

How anti-social of the Parish Council. Give them all an ASBO! Or at least, an Acceptable Behaviour Contract each. Condition 1: I will not go around spouting prejudice from a position of responsibility Condition 2: I will look round and see if my parish has enough good things for all our children including any who come to live here whose lives may not been quite as fortunate as ours Condition 3: if I was coopted rather than elected I will resign and stand for election.

As for the Police, why have they any say at all in this? It isn't their job to decide who is suitable to live where. Go and catch some crooks. Or make sure any historic abuse cases in children's homes in N Yorks are fully investigated.

Arrest Dr and Mrs Nimby!
How anti-social of the Parish Council. Give them all an ASBO! Or at least, an Acceptable Behaviour Contract each. Condition 1: I will not go around spouting prejudice from a position of responsibility Condition 2: I will look round and see if my parish has enough good things for all our children including any who come to live here whose lives may not been quite as fortunate as ours Condition 3: if I was coopted rather than elected I will resign and stand for election. As for the Police, why have they any say at all in this? It isn't their job to decide who is suitable to live where. Go and catch some crooks. Or make sure any historic abuse cases in children's homes in N Yorks are fully investigated. Arrest Dr and Mrs Nimby! FairPlayforChildren
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