Supported accommodation centre for vulnerable young people approved for Hookstone Road

Hookstone Drive - Google Maps
Hookstone Drive - Google Maps

A property on Hookstone Drive is set to be converted into accommodation for “complex and troubled” young people” involved in the county council’s No Wrong Door scheme.

The building, known as Fisher Lodge, offers supported accommodation in a safe environment for two young people at a time on their journey to independent living.

Young people staying at Fisher Lodge will be supported by a keyworker and team of skilled workers to ensure they can access the right services to meet their needs.

The county council explained the young people, aged 16-18, moving into the accommodation will be carefully assessed to make sure they are ready for the scheme.

Coun Janet Sanderson, executive member for Children and Young People’s Service said the No Wrong Door programme brings benefits to young people who have had a difficult start to life”.

She said: “We are extremely proud of what we are achieving through No Wrong Door. North Yorkshire’s priority is to improve the life chances of our most vulnerable young people and we hope now that other authorities will follow this lead.”

In a report presented to the Planning and Regulatory Functions Committee on Tuesday, the county council said a CCTV camera will be installed at the entrance to the building linked to the system at The Hub at Dovedale.

Additionally, if the accommodation was found to be failing or anti-social behaviour was occurring, the report stressed that young person would be removed immediately.

Concerns over the location and safeguarding of the site have been raised by residents due to its proximity to St John Fisher and St Aidan’s and potential of daily access to the school site and pupils.

However, the county council have stressed that robust risk assessments will take place on each tenant and a member of staff from the Dovedale would be present for some time during the day.

Work on the building is set to start in early 2017 and is expected to cost around £300k.