Homeless to get Stansted Hostel
PUBLISHED: 10:49 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 31 May 2010
THE district s first hostel for homeless people will be built on council-owned land in Stansted, it has been revealed. Planning permission to build a four-unit hostel on Manor Road, which will accommodate people and families on a temporary basis, has bee
THE district's first hostel for homeless people will be built on council-owned land in Stansted, it has been revealed.
Planning permission to build a four-unit hostel on Manor Road, which will accommodate people and families on a temporary basis, has been approved by Uttlesford District Council (UDC).
Parish and district councillor for Stansted, Cllr Geoffrey Sell, said the hostel would be a real benefit to the region.
"In the long run it will mean a saving for the taxpayer because we won't have to house people in expensive bed and breakfasts," he said.
"There has been some concern in Stansted about who will come to the hostel, but we have been assured that everyone who goes there will be checked out and monitored during their stay."
The council-owned land was previously the site of a number of garages that have now been knocked down. The land, valued at £116,000, has been gifted to a housing association for the purpose of building the hostel.
"The hostel will help people from all over the district who find themselves homeless - whether they have had their properties repossessed or they have been in a relationship break-up," said Cllr Sell.
"The hostel will allow people to remain in the area and give them a chance to get back on their feet and move on."
People would live at the hostel for a period of up to six months, but it is expected that most would only stay for a matter of weeks.
Leader of UDC, Cllr Jim Ketteridge, said: "The short-stay homeless accommodation at Stansted will be highly beneficial for the district - this is the first such shelter that has been built in Uttlesford, and this decision demonstrates our commitment to helping the people most in need."
Councillors have also agreed to give land in Coney Acre, Rickling, to a housing association for the purpose of building three affordable bungalows.
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