Asylum seekers’ hostel Angel Lodge to increase capacity

Angel Lodge.
Angel Lodge.

An asylum seekers’ hostel will be expanded to house more people .

Wakefield Council’s planning committee has granted permission to increase the capacity of Angel Lodge, on Love Lane, from 220 to 254.

The centre houses people on a temporary basis while they seek asylum to live in Britain.

In a report at last Thursday’s meeting, the council’s Vulnerable Adults service said the centre, which is run by Urban Housing Services, housed extremely vulnerable adults, but there was little funding to support them.

The report said: “In particular, children’s facilities are not being made available because of a lack of staffing.”

But the report said it would not be reasonable to refuse the planning application because of these issues because they did not fall within remit of planning legislation.

The report added: “The decision to provide a larger capacity within the building has been taken following discussions with the key workers and voluntary organisations who are involved in the day to day running of Angel Lodge.

“The increased capacity has only been considered after ensuring that the level of care and support can be provided without compromising the existing level of care and support that is provided at the premises.”

Angel Lodge was closed down in 2011 when its funding was cut, but the UK Border Agency reopened the centre in October last year.