Plans for £16m Harrogate mental health unit given green light

An artists impression of the proposed business park off Beckwith Head Road. P: Beckwith Knowle Developments Ltd.
An artists impression of the proposed business park off Beckwith Head Road. P: Beckwith Knowle Developments Ltd.

Plans to build a multi-million mental health facility on the western side of Harrogate have been given approval by the Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) planning committee.

Beckwith Knowle Developments submitted plans for a state of the art mental health in-patient unit on the land south of Cardale business park, in March this year.

The £16 million in-patient unit has been dubbed 'the biggest investment in mental health ever in Harrogate' and the approval has been met with positive comments.

Richard Cooper, Leader of HBC said: "Mental health is a terrible problem, it's not just a problem for the people that suffer, it's a problem for their families as well.

"As a council we need to do everything we can to support people with mental health issues - just because you can't see an illness doesn't mean it's not there.

"There could be people that are currently being failed by the system and this will mean that we can give them the proper care that they deserve."

NHS mental health services for the north including North Yorkshire are currently run by the Tees Esk and Wear Valley Trust (TEWV).

These services for the district are currently run from the Briary wing of Harrogate District Hospital, but for some time TEWV have been looking to relocate.

The purpose built unit will re-house these services and care for adults in the district suffering from issues across the whole spectrum of mental health.

The plans include the provision of 36 single en-suite bedrooms for patients, safe gardens and peaceful outdoor space, space for carers and families to spend time with loved ones and a place of safety for vulnerable adults detained by the police.

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust has been looking at possible options for the space in the hospital Briary wing since the plans were submitted.

Alongside the application to build the in-patient unit, Beckwith Knowle Developments have also submitted plans for a major new business park on the same land.

The plans will see some £40 million-worth of investment into office units spanning 10,800 sq m and generate in excess of 500 new jobs.

The business park application has not yet been given a decision but it is expected to go before the planning committee in the coming weeks.