Planning committee approves homeless hostel

Protestors over the planning application to turn Charlotte Hotel, in Castleford into a residential home for offenders and addicts
Protestors over the planning application to turn Charlotte Hotel, in Castleford into a residential home for offenders and addicts
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A bid to turn an empty hotel into a homeless hostel for recovering acloholics and drug addicts in Castleford has been approved this morning (Thursday November 28) despite overwhelming opposition.

Objectors say the application to change the Charlotte Hotel on Station Road to a residential institution for up to 30 men would create increased risk of anti-social behaviour and crime.

They also say the community and other agencies have not been properly consulted about the plans, and have questioned the expertise and qualifications of the applicants.

However, members of Wakefield Council’s planning committee approved an application for change of use from a hotel to a residential institution.

Paul Wright, one of the managers of the proposed home, told the committee it was now planned to limit the number to 16 initially, and said they had begun talking to agencies across the district about their proposals.

See Thursday’s Express for a full report.