New Lincoln mental health respite accommodation approved by council

A new supported housing scheme for mental health sufferers in Lincoln has been approved by councillors.

City of Lincoln Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to change the use of White Gables on Long Leys Road into the facility at a meeting on Wednesday, May 25.

Seven of the councillors voted in favour of the proposals, while two objected to application.

Mental health charity Richmond Fellowship will operate the facility, with staff on duty 24 hours a day.

Referrals would be made by the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Service, delivered by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The accommodation will act as an alternative to hospital admissions, with patients being able to stay for up to 10 days.

Richmond Fellowship has been operating from The Haven in North Hykeham since July 2015, but this move will ensure that they have a permanent base in the city.

The accommodation will include:

  • Six bedrooms (this includes four with en suite shower rooms, and one bedroom
    for a staff member)
  • Two bathrooms (including ground floor shower room for disabled users)
  • Two living rooms (one is likely to be used as an office for RF staff)
  • Dining room
  • Utility room