Housing foyer facility for young Melton people is recommended for planning approval despite residents’ concerns

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Contentious plans to build a housing foyer for young people on a former public car park have been recommended for approval.

Peterborough-based Axiom Housing Association want to build the 27-bedroom facility on Thorpe End car park - land owned by Melton Council.

Axiom say the foyer will provide safe and secure housing, support and training for young people aged 16-25. Those housed there will be expected to engage in full-time education, training or employment, with the aim of them becoming independent.

Neighbouring residents have raised strong objections to the proposals at two previously held public meetings. They say the three-and-a-half storey building is too big and ‘totally out of keeping with the area’. Objectors also say the foyer will overlook and over-shadow neighbouring homes, will result in a loss of car parking in the town, impacting upon residents and shoppers.

While acknowledging the benefits of the concept, residents have suggested there are other more suitable sites in the town for the foyer.

Melton Council’s planning committee is due to decide the planning application on Thursday (June 25). Planning officers have recommended for it to be approved, subject to conditions.

A report to the committee says: “This development would meet an identified need for specialist accommodation for young people in Melton.

“The development will have some impact upon neighbours, particularly the closest houses in Brook Street, but due to the building’s design and detailing this relationship is considered acceptable.

“It’s accepted any development which results in the loss of any type of car parking will have some impact upon parking overall in the town centre. However any impact must be weighed against the significant benefits the development would deliver.”