The building in Charles Street.
The building in Charles Street.

Plans for drop-in centre refused over violence and abuse fears

An application for the continued use of property as a drop-in service for vulnerable people has been refused by Hull City Council’s planning committee.

The Raise the Roof organisation had applied retrospectively for permission to continue using the ground floor of a building in Charles Street for the service.

The facility in an end-terraced three-storey building at the junction of Freetown Way had been opening from 9.30am to 3.30pm, staffed by three full-time members of staff and five part-time volunteers. It had previously been used as a shop.

A Police Architectural Liaison Officer said in the planning report that the location was inappropriate as it placed vulnerable people at a heightened risk of conflict with people who may commit crimes. Comments made in relation to the application raised concerns about incidences of violence, abusive behaviour and public urination in the area.

The report also raised concerns over the close proximity to Case, an organisation that helps adults with learning difficulties, which could result in an overlap of a similar vulnerable user group.

How the proposed development in Beech Grove could look.