Tetlow King Planning (TKP) has been representing Richmond Fellowship, a charitable organisation that specialises in providing support services for people with mental health needs, for the last five years. Over which time we have assisted the charity to bring new supported housing services across the country including locations within Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire and Lancashire.
The most recent successful planning application involved the redevelopment of brownfield employment site in Ashton under Lyne. The proposals provide a new bespoke supported housing scheme for 20 residents with support staff on-site 24/7. TKP successfully demonstrated that there was no demand for the existing employment site and the proposed new residential use was compatible with its surroundings. Notwithstanding the clear merits of the proposals the scheme attracted considerable local opposition.
Recent campaigns have helped raise the awareness of mental health issues and have sought to challenge attitude. However, there is still a long way to go to tackle the stigmas and misconceptions surrounding mental health. One in four in the UK experience mental health issues each year, and incredible work is being done by charities and organisation such as Richmond Fellowship to help people manage their condition and work towards recovery.
TKP is proud to be continuously involved in these projects and recognises what a positive contribution the planning system can make by providing for a specialist housing need and improving health and wellbeing.