Clinic could be­come sup­port cen­tre

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER NHS clinic could be trans­formed into a res­i­den­tial and respite fa­cil­ity for peo­ple with ‘var­ied men­tal health is­sues’.

A plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been drawn up for 119 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, to be­come mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pancy house for up to 10 peo­ple.

Ap­pli­cant Mar­garet Hughes said their ser­vices will ‘sup­port in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and car­ers dur­ing cri­sis’.

In plan­ning doc­u­ments sent to Hyn­d­burn coun­cil, she said: “The ser­vice in­tends to al­le­vi­ate pres­sures sur­round­ing bed al­lo­ca­tion on lo­cal hos­pi­tals and work cor­rob­o­ra­tively with Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary in or­der to en­sure that in­di­vid­u­als with men­tal health is­sues are sup­ported ad­e­quately.

The premises aims to pro­vide a sup­ported liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment for in­di­vid­u­als in need of res­i­den­tial ther­a­peu­tic men­tal health ser­vices.”

Ward coun­cil­lor Peter Brit­cliffe said: “It’s good to see that building will be used. With a building like that it’s es­sen­tial that it is ap­pro­pri­ately man­aged so it works well with every­body else in the neigh­bour­hood’.

Plan­ners will make a de­ci­sion later this year.

Work has now started on the £2m town square de­vel­op­ment in Ac­cring­ton.

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