Leo’s charity was set up in 2018 and currently pays to hire various spaces to provide services to families across the north east. The charity’s mission is to ensure families in the north east in the geographical areas they support (Stockton, Middlesbrough, East Cleveland, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Durham and Darlington) have access to timely mental health and child development support.
Planning House are delighted to have supported Leo’s in securing planning permission for a Nurture Centre within Middlesbrough which will focus on parent and infant mental health, and child development of children who have had a difficult start in life, many of whom are disabled.
The centre will not only support a large community in desperate need of mental health and child development support, it will reduce isolation, social deprivation and continue to fill gaps the NHS cannot fill. The centre will also support Leo’s fundraising efforts which as a result of the pandemic has been restricted this last year.
Once operational this centre will allow Leo’s to treat PTSD, postnatal depression, anxiety, attachment concerns, sensory processing disorder amongst many other mental health and child development concerns.
The nurture centre use of the building was considered by Middlesbrough planning team to contribute to the community uses within the local centre whilst ensuring the vitality and viability of the centre by bringing a currently vacant building back into use.
Helen Heward undertook this work on a pro-bono basis to support the charity, and we’re absolutely over the moon to have secured the consent.
If you want to find out more about Leo’s or support them in your own way take a look at their website HERE.
If you’re looking at progressing a planning proposal take a look at our eBook on the Application Process.