Care home in question
CAMPAIGNERS will hope they have persuaded Hillingdon Council to stop a house becoming a care home.
Petitioners wanted the central and south planning committee, due to meet yesterday (Tuesday), to reject a proposal for a five-bedroom mid-terrace property in Hoppner Road, Hayes, to house women aged 16-65 with mental health problems.
Planning officers have recommended refusal on the grounds that the loss of residential accommodation was not acceptable, as the demand for care homes is expected to fall and there are other schemes in the pipeline to meet demand.
The report says: “The residents, who may be from a homeless background, lacking everyday social skills or otherwise unable to cope, would be visited on a day care basis with appointments made by the relevant care worker, such as a psychiatric nurse or social worker.
“The age range is generally 16 to 65 years, with some older dementia sufferers. They may be placed… by the local Mental Health Care Trust, by the council, direct from a hospital or from prison.
“The typical stay of residents is eight to 24 months; the length is based on an assessment by the relevant care worker.”
Birender Singh said he had serious concerns for all the families with young children who live in the road, including his own.
“I have a small daughter. We don’t know what kind of people will be coming to the home and I worry about her being around that,” he told the Gazette.
“We are also against this because it is just part of a business plan to the person who owns the house, but this is our home.”
Neighbour Jack Baker said he had concerns about the number of children and young people who use the road to get to school.
“Kids from Swakeleys and Abbotsfield walk down the road daily. You would worry about where these people are coming from and their mental state and whether young children should be exposed to that.
“[They] have to go somewhere … but I don’t think this is the right area,” he added.
Two health professionals had written in support of the Hoppner Road site.
The applicant, Sudesh Bhunjun, runs Imperial Lodge care home in Hayes.