Posted: 11.10.21 at 15:05 by Tim Lethaby
A bed-and-breakfast in Glastonbury is set to be taken over by the YMCA to provide much-needed accommodation for vulnerable young people, after planning approval was granted.
The YMCA Brunel Group provides housing and support services for young people in Bath, Bristol, the Mendip and South Somerset districts.
The charity applied to convert 1 Park Terrace in Glastonbury into a “supported accommodation” facility, completed with staff offices and meeting rooms.
The bed and breakfast lies on the A361 Street Road near the town centre, a short distance from the town’s Morrisons supermarket and the Tor Leisure Centre.
A spokesman for YMCA Brunel said the Park Terrace site would focus on providing accommodation for 16 and 17-year-olds, being run as a “non-regulated children’s home”.
The spokesman said: “The need for this type of accommodation is high and the current P2i+ at Hillside House in Yeovil has been a very successful project, in terms of delivering the service and in the fantastic outcomes for young people.
“The layout of this property lends itself extremely well for the purposes of supported accommodation, with the top three floors providing a large lounge, kitchen, five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
“The lower ground floor is accessed through a large car park and contains what could be a large office area or lounge and two smaller rooms – one sleep-in room for staff and one one-to-one support or therapeutic space.
“The location of the property is ideal for such a project with its town centre location, proximity to amenities, services and education and employment opportunities.”
The charity has promised that the property will be tightly managed to prevent noise and antisocial behaviour which could affect neighbouring residents.
The spokesman said: “We recognise that a quality and homely environment raises aspirations and also raises the ownership of the home by young people.
“This project would provide a high-quality and welcoming space that we would encourage to be personalised by the young person to make them feel more at home.
“We work with the individual to provide them with activities and experiences that will make them enjoy their time and try different activities to boost confidence and self-esteem.”
The facility will be run in partnership with Somerset County Council, with young people having to meet strict criteria to be housed there – though the YMCA would have the final decision on each placement.
In approving the plans, the report by Mendip's planning officer said: "The application site falls within a residential area and is considered to introduce a more intensive use.
"The submitted statement outlines the procedure and operational management of the site as a means to mitigate potential noise pollution for occupant and neighbouring residents.
"This will include a permanent on-site member of staff, the introduction of CCTV and the restriction of noise after 10pm.
"Mendip Environmental Protection have been consulted on the application and have raised no objection - it is further noted that through public consultation no comments of objection have been received.
"The proposal is therefore considered to be acceptable and adequately safeguard residential amenity.
"The application will utilise the existing access onto Magdalene Close while retaining the area of hardstanding for the provision of parking and turning.
"There is a pedestrian access located on Street Road which is also to be retained. Visibility onto the public highway here is considered to be acceptable and deliverable.
"The proposed residential institution would see six occupants introduced, and under Somerset County Council Parking Standards a provision of one space per six bedrooms is required.
"The hardstanding provides a relatively informal arrangement of parking but is considered to adequately accommodate four spaces. It is therefore considered the provision is acceptable."
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