A decision on whether to grant planning permission for supportive housing to remain at Hitchin’s Lord Lister Hotel is expected to be made next week.
Keystage Housing’s application would see the Grade II listed building provide short-term accommodation for people who have a history of or are at risk of rough sleeping, have recently been in prison or are on probation , and have a formal mental health diagnosis and/or have a history of substance and/or alcohol abuse.
Planning officers have recommended that the North Herts Council Planning Control Committee grant the application.
Following an extended consultation period, the controversial plans garnered nearly 200 comments on the North Herts Council’s planning portal – 183 opposing, eight supporting – with the option to also share views with the council by mail or by e-mail.
At a previous planning meeting, where the decision was deferredneighbors took the opportunity to share their housing experiences since the Keystage facility went live in December 2021.
The hotel has become the home of Keystage Services after the North Herts Council won its bid for funding from the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The council has been awarded £200,000 to fund the development of a shelter and support scheme for homeless single people in North Hertfordshire.
Since, a multitude of complaints and objections from local residents, citing incidents of late-night noise and anti-social behavior by customers, as well as traffic problems.
A companion application to make internal and external modifications to the building to accommodate the change in use was also recommended for approval.
A North Herts Council The spokesman said ahead of the meeting: ‘Keystage Housing’s deferred planning application to change the use of the former Lord Lister Hotel in Hitchin to supported accommodation is on the agenda of the Keystage Housing Review Committee. planning on Tuesday, September 20, from 7:30 p.m.
“The application will be decided on its planning merits. The online portal for submitting comments is now closed, but people can still send their opinions by email and by post: [email protected] herts.gov.uk PO Box 10613, NG6 6DW.
“If you would like to speak at the September 20 meeting, please email a request to [email protected]
“Interested parties may attend, but it is recommended that only people with a speaking role attend in person and anyone else can watch online via our YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/NorthHertsGovUk
“The pre-meeting report is available on our website.”
To view plans, search 22/00170/FP on the North Herts planning portal.