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Former Student Property to House the Homeless

Posted by Richard Ward

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Plans have been submitted to convert two properties previously used as student accommodation into staffed residences for the homeless.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is proposing to provide a mix of studios and rooms for 21 people at both 26-27 and 28 Brook Lane.

The properties have been left empty for more than two years, with the proposed scheme to be staffed 24 hours a day by nine workers on a shift pattern.

The plans to change the use of the property from a house in multiple occupation (HMO) into supported accommodation for the homeless, has been met with objections from local residents.

A petition opposing the scheme has been signed by more than 100 people, with fears of anti-social behaviour a primary concern.

Documents submitted as part of the application by Chester West and Chester Council said: "The property will provide move-on accommodation for homeless clients who would move from emergency accommodation or hotels into this property."

"This scheme will help residents become tenancy ready for their own property in 6-12 months time. The properties will be staffed 24/7 by the council's commissioned homeless support provider, ForFutures."

"The proposal is for five daytime and four night-time staff to provide support to 13 residents at this property and another eight residents at No.28 Brook Lane."

"There will be two daytime staff and two night-time staff always on shift in 26-27 Brook Lane, with a total of nine staff to cover this shift pattern."

"The staff will cover this property and No.28 Brook Lane. CCTV will be used in both properties and will cover external areas."