Posted: Fri 4th Oct 2019

Updated: Wed 26th Feb

Plans for homeless accommodation

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 4th, 2019

Derelict houses in Rhyl are set to be renovated for the homeless.
The plans, due to go before Denbighshire Council’s planning committee on October 9, would see two houses on Westbourne Avenue refurbished and converted into four one bedroom apartments with ground floor office accommodation.
Nearby residents have submitted a 43 signature petition against the supported accommodation, after concerns were raised about those using it and the lack of overnight staffing arrangements.
But Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board wrote to the committee in support, saying: “The development is part of the Denbighshire Supporting People workstream, and is therefore in keeping with locally-identified priorities.
“The conversion of derelict houses is also part of the Rhyl regeneration programme, and bringing disused accommodation back into use is in keeping with the regeneration objectives set out by the local authority.
“Most of the individuals earmarked to use the proposed development are local residents. There should, therefore, be no additional demand on health services in the Rhyl locality. The housing provision and contact with established services should, if anything, provide an opportunity for these individuals to take greater control over their own health and wellbeing.”
The plans are expected to be given the green light after officers recommended approval.
The report to the committee said: “Officers accept there are a number of concerns regarding the proposed use. However, in the absence of tangible evidence to demonstrate the harm which would arise, it would be difficult for officers to recommend against the grant of permission.”

By Shane Brennan – Local Democracy Reporter



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