09/08/17

Regarding the Daily Post article dated 20/03/17 titled:

“Charity wins fight to turn Colwyn Bay house into homes for sex offenders and ex-addicts

The Wallich wishes to clarify:

The proposed project is a Supported Living Residential Project for people who wish to remain abstinent from former substance misuse issues.  The proposed residents of the project would be people with previous substance misuse issues who have successfully completed a detoxification or rehabilitation and wish to move forward and re-engage positively with society.

You can read more about the aims of the project: Here 

The Wallich is very pleased that the Planning Inspectorate has overturned the decision to deny the planning application for the project at Hesketh Road.  However, we will no longer be opening the proposed project at this address.  This is due to the delay in this decision meaning the property is no longer available, and also the attention surrounding the application.

The Planning Inspector stated in their decision;

“Overall, I conclude that the development would not result in material harm to the character and appearance of the area and there is no substantive basis to conclude that there would be any negative impact on regeneration, or the provision of housing quality and choice. Nor has it been demonstrated to me that the potential fear of crime is a justified reason for refusing the development in this case.”

The Wallich have been operating across Wales to support vulnerable people for nearly 40 years and have an established track record in delivering successful and innovative services for people with varying needs.

Through a comprehensive package of support including one-to-one sessions, workshops to address key life skills, volunteering opportunities and access to education, employment and training, The Wallich gives hope and support to many people who would otherwise be homeless.

The Wallich will now be seeking alternative premises as we are committed to providing this much-needed project, which has been developed in response to the evidence of need established through research, consultation and local knowledge.