Plans for former ex-offenders hostel in Wakefield

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A former rehabilitation hostel for ex-offenders will be converted into homes for homeless or vulnerable people if councillors approve the plans on Thursday.

Developers Peterson UK LLP want to build three houses and seven flats at the former hostel on the corner of Peterson Road and John Street.

And in its design and access statement, it said it would offer the homes to tenants of Wakefield Council’s Vulnerable Adults Service and Rent Deposit Scheme.

Both schemes work to support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

But local councillors Olivia Rowley and Ros Lund have objected to the plans, saying that there are already too many Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the city centre.

And the application will go before the council’s planning committee next week.

Coun Lund said: “The area is already saturated with HMOs.

“This is having a serious negative impact on the quality of life for families and established residents. The area is unable to support any further increase in the number of HMOs.

“I am also worried about the impact on traffic flow and further aggravation of the current horrendous problems with parking.”

Two of the houses would have eight bedrooms, and tenants would share kitchen and bathroom facilities. And the flats, in the basement and ground floor of the Victorian building, would be self-contained.

Regeneration officers said the development would have an “adverse effect” on the council’s plans to regenerate the Kirkgate area.But planning officers have recommended it for approval.