Mental health plans strongly opposed

White Hart Pub
White Hart Pub

A POTENTIAL new development, which would see a mental health rehab facility built in West Bletchley, has received strong, cross party opposition.

Iain Stewart, Conservative MP for Milton Keynes South and deputy leader of the Labour party Nigel Long have agreed that the unit, proposed by developers the Cambian Group, would be ill advised at the former site of the White Hart pub in Whaddon Way.

The planning application would see a part three storey, part two storey, 32 bedroom residential care home and rehabilitation facility built for men between 18 and 65 years old.

Mr Stewart raised the matter in two separate letters to West Bletchley Council and chief executive of Milton Keynes Council, David Hill, respectively.

He said: “As an MP, my ability to intervene directly in planning matters is limited, However, I am happy to help support the parish council and local residents in any way that I can.”

Residents living close to the site have expressed their displeasure at a number of public meetings.

Julie Miller, who lives in West Bletchley, said: “I think it’s an appalling request to make. I agree the people who will be using this facility need somewhere to go to be rehabilitated but the middle of Whaddon Way is unsuitable.

“The problem for a lot of residents is not the people using the centre but the placement. Whaddon Way is one of the busiest roads in West Bletchley.”

Councillor Long has tabled a motion ahead of a full council meeting next week.

In it he will call for the council to note the deep concerns of residents concerning the proposal as well as agreeing to a number of other points including supporting the residents in their campaign and the funding of an independent report into the implications of the building on the proposed site.