Plan to turn former social club into flats for homeless

Worcester News: ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: How the Heenan’s Social Club building could look if redevelopment plans get the go-ahead. ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: How the Heenan’s Social Club building could look if redevelopment plans get the go-ahead.

A £2 million development for single homeless people has been proposed for the Heenan’s Social Club site in Sansome Place, Worcester.

Worcester Community Housing has announced plans for 16 studio apartments which will be submitted to city planners in February 2013.

If approved, work on the site would begin in October 2013 with a completion date earmarked for March 2015.

Architects BM3, who produced the designs, said the original front of Heenan’s Social Club, currently covered in rendering, is a conservation area and will be used as offices for homeless service provider St Paul’s who will eventually manage it.

Plans for the three-storey building also include meeting rooms and an area for life skills training.

It is hoped the project will act as a stepping stone between a hostel and independent living.

The development would be mainly funded from a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency as well as a grant from Worcester City Council and WCH’s loan facility which will be recouped through rent payments.

Chris Ashcroft, chief executive of St Paul’s Hostel in the Shrub Hill area of Worcester, said the current housing situation saw people needing low-level support put into hostels catering for those who need a high level.

He said: “This is exactly what is needed. The last time we had a vacancy at St Paul’s was 15 to 20 years ago and that will only get worse with the economic climate. We get a lot more people who have lost jobs or are homeless for economic reasons than drink and drugs. It is easier for them to turn their lives around with a bit of help.”

St Paul’s user Stewart Akins, aged 49, said the project would give people the confidence to live more independently. “You do get entrenched in that lifestyle and having people do everything for you and it is difficult to step out of it. This will provide that little step to go out into the real world.”

Mario Antoni, BM3 Architects director, said the plans for the redevelopment of the 60-year-old building, which closed in 2009, were attractive and in keeping with the surrounding area.

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2:30pm Fri 18 Jan 13

CJH says...

...waits for the idiot NIMBYs to raise objections...
...waits for the idiot NIMBYs to raise objections... CJH
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3:50pm Fri 18 Jan 13

mr.meldrew says...

nice to see the council spending money on something positive for a change.i for one hope this worthwhile project gets the green light.
nice to see the council spending money on something positive for a change.i for one hope this worthwhile project gets the green light. mr.meldrew
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4:06pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Doogie 46 says...

NIMBYs aren`t idiots - they`re those awkward little people who refuse to be rolled over and disadvantaged by officialdom - long may they prosper!!!
NIMBYs aren`t idiots - they`re those awkward little people who refuse to be rolled over and disadvantaged by officialdom - long may they prosper!!! Doogie 46
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4:35pm Fri 18 Jan 13

CJH says...

Doogie 46 wrote:
NIMBYs aren`t idiots - they`re those awkward little people who refuse to be rolled over and disadvantaged by officialdom - long may they prosper!!!
Or, they want to protect their own little world without seeing the wider picture. It's all 'me, me, me'!
[quote][p][bold]Doogie 46[/bold] wrote: NIMBYs aren`t idiots - they`re those awkward little people who refuse to be rolled over and disadvantaged by officialdom - long may they prosper!!![/p][/quote]Or, they want to protect their own little world without seeing the wider picture. It's all 'me, me, me'! CJH
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5:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Doogie 46 says...

The "wider picture" is always OK as long as you`re not the one at a disadvantage and it`s not your little world at risk.
The "wider picture" is always OK as long as you`re not the one at a disadvantage and it`s not your little world at risk. Doogie 46
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5:27pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Paul Oldroyd says...

Really like the design of this - and it will provide a much needed resource for St Paul's.
Really like the design of this - and it will provide a much needed resource for St Paul's. Paul Oldroyd
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10:56am Sat 19 Jan 13

Jabbadad says...

Well even NIMBY's are entitled to free speech, however it seems quite often those who profess to be able to solve the problems of some of the very undesirables, but who don't / won't live next to or close by them, and the planners (officers & Councilors) who frequently don't even live in the City, pass planning which will seriously affect the existing residents.
It sometimes feel, that there are more laws / bye-laws protecting undesirables than law abiding folk.
Even Social Landlords have their hands tied when it comes to letting out their properties, and struggle to maintain areas where in the past there has been little if no trouble, to have to allow those who defy all guidelines / regulations to being peaceful, non drug taking and selling, to live among decent law abiding folk.
Then you can be assured that you will change your views on the feelings of a NIMBY.
Well even NIMBY's are entitled to free speech, however it seems quite often those who profess to be able to solve the problems of some of the very undesirables, but who don't / won't live next to or close by them, and the planners (officers & Councilors) who frequently don't even live in the City, pass planning which will seriously affect the existing residents. It sometimes feel, that there are more laws / bye-laws protecting undesirables than law abiding folk. Even Social Landlords have their hands tied when it comes to letting out their properties, and struggle to maintain areas where in the past there has been little if no trouble, to have to allow those who defy all guidelines / regulations to being peaceful, non drug taking and selling, to live among decent law abiding folk. Then you can be assured that you will change your views on the feelings of a NIMBY. Jabbadad
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12:13pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Jabbadad says...

Well even NIMBY's are entitled to free speech, however it seems quite often those who profess to be able to solve the problems of some of the very undesirables, but who don't / won't live next to or close by them, and the planners (officers & Councilors) who frequently don't even live in the City, pass planning which will seriously affect the existing residents.
It sometimes feel, that there are more laws / bye-laws protecting undesirables than law abiding folk.
Even Social Landlords have their hands tied when it comes to letting out their properties, and struggle to maintain areas where in the past there has been little if no trouble, to have to allow those who defy all guidelines / regulations to being peaceful, non drug taking and selling, to live among decent law abiding folk.
Then you can be assured that you will change your views on the feelings of a NIMBY.
Well even NIMBY's are entitled to free speech, however it seems quite often those who profess to be able to solve the problems of some of the very undesirables, but who don't / won't live next to or close by them, and the planners (officers & Councilors) who frequently don't even live in the City, pass planning which will seriously affect the existing residents. It sometimes feel, that there are more laws / bye-laws protecting undesirables than law abiding folk. Even Social Landlords have their hands tied when it comes to letting out their properties, and struggle to maintain areas where in the past there has been little if no trouble, to have to allow those who defy all guidelines / regulations to being peaceful, non drug taking and selling, to live among decent law abiding folk. Then you can be assured that you will change your views on the feelings of a NIMBY. Jabbadad
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12:16pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Jabbadad says...

And can I quickly add that I am a huge supporter of drug rehab and the homeless and frequently contribute.
And can I quickly add that I am a huge supporter of drug rehab and the homeless and frequently contribute. Jabbadad
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5:30pm Sat 19 Jan 13

pronstar says...

Jabbadad wrote:
And can I quickly add that I am a huge supporter of drug rehab and the homeless and frequently contribute.
What, before you get ripped apart for labeling the homeless as 'undesirables'?
[quote][p][bold]Jabbadad[/bold] wrote: And can I quickly add that I am a huge supporter of drug rehab and the homeless and frequently contribute.[/p][/quote]What, before you get ripped apart for labeling the homeless as 'undesirables'? pronstar
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