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Last chance to have your say on flats for homeless
THERE is just one day left to have your say on plans to convert an empty health centre in Southampton into temporary accommodation for the city’s homeless.
Southampton City Council has put forward plans to turn the former Southampton PCT clinic Oatlands House, in Shirley, into six flats that can be used as temporary accommodation for those in the city with nowhere else to go.
But to make this possible, the council needs its own planning department to give the green light for changing the use of the building in St James Close.
There has been mixed reaction from residents, with some welcoming the building being utilised, while others fear it will cause parking congestion and could disrupt bat roosts currently connected to the walls of the property.
The plans were put forward earlier this year when it was revealed that one of the council’s current temporary accommodation buildings for homeless people, at Seymour House in Seymour Road, needs extensive refurbishment.
Work at the house, which has 16 flats, would cost £850,000, but council officers say that it would still be thermally inefficient and would be out of action for six months while the work took place.
In the meantime homeless people using the building would be forced back out on to the streets.
So instead, city council officers want to sell off the site and refurbish Oatlands House, along with a former children’s referral unit in Selborne Avenue, Harefield, with the proceeds. The cost of fitting out the sites, which would provide 18 flats for homeless people, is expected to be £1.27m.
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