Residents concerned by £2m homeless proposal

Worcester News: THE FUTURE? An artist’s impression of the proposed redevelopment at Heenan’s Social Club. THE FUTURE? An artist’s impression of the proposed redevelopment at Heenan’s Social Club.

ANTI-social behaviour is the main concern residents have expressed about proposals to turn a disused social club into £2 million housing for homeless people.

Worcester Community Housing held a consultation session with people living close to the proposed redevelopment at Heenan’s Social Club in Sansome Walk, Worcester.

It hopes to turn the building into 16 studio apartments to provide a bridge for homeless people who have been living in hostels and are ready to make the next step towards independent living.

The plans have been drawn up with St Paul’s Hostel, who will move their offices to the building, and architects BM3. An application should be sent to the city council planners this month.

Funding for the project will mainly come from the Homes and Communities Agency as well as a grant from Worces-ter City Council and WCH’s loan facility which will be recouped through rent payments. About 40 residents attended the consultation to view the proposals and air any comments or concerns they had.

A WCH spokesman said people were generally supportive of the design of the redevelopment of the site and the proposed buildings and recognised that it would be an improvement on what is there now.

However, concerns were raised about the use of the building which mainly centred around anti-social be-haviour currently happening in the area and how people living in the apartments may add to this.

The spokesman said: “We responded to this by reinforcing that the proposed accommodation would not be a “shelter” facility where there is a high, daily turnover of residents.

“It would provide move-on accommodation for people who are able and committed to maintaining a tenancy and working towards a permanent housing solution.” Formal views, comments and objections will be raised as part of the planning process after the proposals have been submitted to Worcester City Council.

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9:42am Thu 7 Feb 13

Lew Smoralz says...

Such a facility is badly needed in Worcester, if we are to rehabilitate those who have fallen by the wayside.

In other areas such schemes have proven to work well, without causing problems for neighbours, so why would Worcester be any different?

In a caring society such a facility should be considered as mandatory, and for neighbours it will not have the impact that a "shelter" would have.
Such a facility is badly needed in Worcester, if we are to rehabilitate those who have fallen by the wayside. In other areas such schemes have proven to work well, without causing problems for neighbours, so why would Worcester be any different? In a caring society such a facility should be considered as mandatory, and for neighbours it will not have the impact that a "shelter" would have. Lew Smoralz
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11:48am Thu 7 Feb 13

spider666 says...

Lew Smoralz wrote:
Such a facility is badly needed in Worcester, if we are to rehabilitate those who have fallen by the wayside.

In other areas such schemes have proven to work well, without causing problems for neighbours, so why would Worcester be any different?

In a caring society such a facility should be considered as mandatory, and for neighbours it will not have the impact that a "shelter" would have.
With you all the way on that one Lew
[quote][p][bold]Lew Smoralz[/bold] wrote: Such a facility is badly needed in Worcester, if we are to rehabilitate those who have fallen by the wayside. In other areas such schemes have proven to work well, without causing problems for neighbours, so why would Worcester be any different? In a caring society such a facility should be considered as mandatory, and for neighbours it will not have the impact that a "shelter" would have.[/p][/quote]With you all the way on that one Lew spider666
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11:37am Wed 27 Feb 13

Singing Immigrant says...

The idea is a good one, but the location is smack-dab in a no-alcohol zoned conservation area that is used as a corridor for and already suffers from daily incidents of street drinking and drug users who defecate and urine in any corner they can find when they're not beating each other up or having shouting matches in the street.

Not sure 16 studio apartments will do much to reduce the existing issues at this location.

If the people potentially moving into these flats are genuinely going to be improve their lives, I'm not sure surrounding them with alcoholics and drug users is going to help them either.
The idea is a good one, but the location is smack-dab in a no-alcohol zoned conservation area that is used as a corridor for and already suffers from daily incidents of street drinking and drug users who defecate and urine in any corner they can find when they're not beating each other up or having shouting matches in the street. Not sure 16 studio apartments will do much to reduce the existing issues at this location. If the people potentially moving into these flats are genuinely going to be improve their lives, I'm not sure surrounding them with alcoholics and drug users is going to help them either. Singing Immigrant
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11:56am Wed 27 Feb 13

Singing Immigrant says...

Grammar Corrections:

If the people potentially moving into these flats are genuinely going to try and improve their lives, I'm not sure surrounding them with alcoholics and drug users is going to help them either.
Grammar Corrections: If the people potentially moving into these flats are genuinely going to try and improve their lives, I'm not sure surrounding them with alcoholics and drug users is going to help them either. Singing Immigrant
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