UK: Plans to increase the size of asylum seekers hostel

Permission could be granted to increase the size of an asylum seekers’ hostel – despite concerns that there is not enough support for vulnerable adults and children.

The council’s planning committee will consider plans to increase the capacity of Angel Lodge, on Love Lane, from 220 to 254 at their meeting next Thursday.

In a report to the meeting, the council’s Vulnerable Adults service said the centre housed extremely vulnerable adults, but there was little funding to support them.

It said: “In particular children’s facilities are not being made available because of a lack of staffing.

“It is likely therefore that an increase in numbers at Angel Lodge would cause additional pressure on local services such as the library and children’s facilities.”

The vulnerable adults service also raised concerns that Angel Lodge had also received unwanted attention from far-right groups.

It added: “Again an increase in the numbers at the building would further raise the attention of the public in refugees and asylum seekers staying within Wakefield, which might provide the focus for further action which would impact upon community cohesion.”

But the report said it would be “unreasonable” to refuse the planning application because of these issues because they did not fall within remit of planning legislation.

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