Supporting living centre is given the green light despite concerns

A new centre supporting young offenders has been given the green light despite concerns from residents.

YMCA North Tyneside had submitted plans to turn a five-bedroom house in Milton Terrace, North Shields, into a rehabilitation hub for young people aged 16 to 25.

And last week, members of North Tyneside Council’s planning committee approved the certificate of lawful development despite the concerns.

Local resident Morgan Saunders said: “The residents are extremely disappointed this was approved, we thought we could have stopped it.

“The YMCA has now sent out letters saying this centre is for young men and women yet before the planning committee it said it was just for men.”

Objectors handed in a petition signed by 168 people while a further 80 letters of objections were also submitted.

Concerns were raised about the lack of consultation by the YMCA, the significant impact on local residents’ quality of life, the serious disruption to the local area and the lack of information about who will occupy the property.

The council also received two letters of support with one resident praising YMCA North Tyneside for “endeavouring to give young people assisted and supervised living accommodation in order that they may reach their full potential”.

The centre will feature five bedrooms, an office and a shared lounge, kitchen and bathroom.

A total of 50 hours of floating support will be provided per week, including help with issues such as use of substances and offending behaviour.

Speaking last month, Dean Titterton, chief executive of YMCA North Tyneside, said: “This is going to be for young people, not necessarily high risk. Research has found putting these centres in good residential areas helps those in need of support.”