Former hotel could be flats for people with mental illness

A former Derby hotel could be turned into supported living accommodation for people with mental health illnesses.

A developer wants to renovate the former Hill House Hotel, at 294 Burton Road in Normanton, into a 10-bedroom complex.

It would be used as a place for people with severe and enduring mental health illnesses to live as independently as possible before moving back into the community.

In a planning statement submitted by AK Innovative Design Solutions on behalf of the applicant, St Chads Road Supporting Housing, it states the plans would fulfil a need in the city for accommodation like this.

It said: “There is currently a huge need for more supported accommodations in Derby, especially those that specialise in housing residents suffering from mental health conditions.

“With the constant strain on local authorities budgets, supported accommodation is seen as a vital service in housing more complex individuals who have previously struggled to maintain tenancies in the community.”

It added that it expects residents to “typically stay anywhere from six months to two years before moving on” to their own accommodation when they are capable of becoming more independent.

It said: “We work along side key outside agencies such as the NHS and Derby City and Derbyshire County Council Mental health teams supporting Service users in the community from relapsing back into hospital by delivering care & support inline with a person centred support plan.”

It added there would be two mental health support workers on site daily, with ample parking for staff and visitors to the front and the rear as none of the residents are able to drive and don’t require parking spaces.

The refurbished property would have two bedrooms, one of which will have an en-suite shower room, a bathroom, a kitchen and a communal lounge and dining area on the ground floor.

The first floor would have six bedrooms, two of which would have en-suite shower rooms, two other bathrooms and an office.

The second floor would have two bedrooms, both of which would have en-suite shower rooms, and roof space.

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You can see the full application on the Derby City Council planning portal under the reference 21/00389/FUL.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News