RESIDENTS have reacted with dismay after controversial plans to convert a landmark Doncaster hotel into a care home were given the go-ahead.
The Woodborough Hotel off Carr House Road is to be turned into a halfway house for up to eight 16- to 18-year- olds leaving foster care, despite objections from householders and councillors.
Central ward councillor John McHale, who led the protests by worried Belle Vue residents, admitted he was ‘disappointed’ after the authority’s planning committee voted through the plans at the Mansion House yesterday.
He said: “There will be a lot of people who will be heartbroken by the decision. There are a lot of elderly residents who will be very upset by this. It is the end of the road as far as objections go but we will offer people support and see what happens with the establishment.”
Residents expressed fears the plan, submitted by the hotel’s owner Ray Rodgers, would lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area and undo work done to improve the community in recent years.
Coun McHale had told the meeting: “These could be disturbed, dysfunctional children who need quality care in a family environment, not a hotel.
“It is not in the public interest or the wish of residents.”
Coun Yvonne Woodcock said she had no issues with the conversion of the 12-bedroom hotel on the corner of St Helen’s Road and Belle Vue Avenue which will be used to house people leaving care to adjust to indepedent living with round-the-clock supervision.
She said: “I have similar homes in my ward and the people who live there are no trouble whatsoever. You don’t even know they are there.”