Inpatient mental health unit go-ahead

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Plans to create an inpatient mental health unit in Hemel Hempstead have been given the nod.

A meeting of Dacorum Borough Council’s development control gave the green light despite concerns from neighbours about safety and parking in Slippers Hill.

Under the scheme the St Paul’s unit, which currently provides day care services, will be turned into accommodation for 18 patients.

Neighbour Mark Humphrey told councillors: “There is a noise issue. During the day there are quite distressing noises and foul language coming from the courtyards.

“At weekends a lot of children tend to play in that area.”

Fifteen letters were sent to the committee by residents against the proposal covering privacy, noise and parking.

But councillors were supportive of the application from Herts Partnership NHS Trust.

Councillor Fiona Guest said: “It will provide much-needed inpatient facilities.

“One in four people suffer a mental illness in their lifetime who might need a facility like this.”