Fears of Doncaster mental health home plans

Cllr Bill Mordue
Cllr Bill Mordue

Hundreds of objections have been raised over plans to build a home for mentally ill children in Doncaster.

Fears have been voiced that if given the go-ahead the residents, aged between 13 and 18-years-old, would pose a serious risk to neighbouring residents and young children in two adjacent schools.

Cheswold Park Hospital has submitted the application to build a secure residential institution and 3.2m high security fence on land adjacent to Barnsley Road in Scawsby.

The application, set to go before Doncaster Council’s planning committee, has attracted a considerable level of opposition – with around 700 objections in total.

The proposed unit would care for up to 28 children of both sexes, all of whom would be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

They will have a diagnosis of mental disorder, which could include psychosis, severe anxiety and depression, emerging personality disorder and mild learning disability.

The three ward councillors – Deborah Hutchinson, Bill Mordue and Kevin Rodgers – have objected to the proposal, voicing concerns about the risk of patients escaping into the community.

They add: “The catchment of 13 to 18-year-olds from around the region with a wide range of psychosis including schizophrenia, violent behaviours, self-harm and impulsive behaviour, pose risks to the community which are unacceptable.”

Officers have recommended granting permission for the proposal.