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Accrington homeless shelter set to be refused
8:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Hyndburn
A CONTROVERSIAL plan to turn a derelict mill into a homeless shelter looks set to be refused at a planning meeting this week (november6).
The proposed scheme to make the disused Phoenix Works site in Accrington into a 54 bed complex has raised concerns over serious risks to health, parking issues and management.
The Lancashire Telegraph revealed in August the Blackburn Road plans had been lodged by plumber and Heat Masters owner Nisar Hussain.
Since then 105 residents have signed a petition against the development whilst another 17 have written letters to Hyndburn Council.
Blackburn-based plumber Mr Hussain said he hoped the development, which would include single bedrooms and shared living and dining spaces along with a secure office and reception area, would ‘help people off the streets’ and create 10 jobs.
However a report that will be put before the planning committee has revealed health risks due to the proximity of the development to a ‘toxic’ major hazard site, Blyth’s Chemical Works, were ‘sufficient’ enough to make the development unsafe.
Meanwhile a lack of details were said to have been provided to the council regarding management, referrals and support mechanisms for the inhabitants.
Lancashire Highways also objected to the measures over worries regarding congestion and highway safety near the site.
Commenting on the report, Barnfield ward councillor June Harrison, said: “There have been numerous problems with this application that have arisen I believe due to the applicant’s failure to make appropriate inquiries before submission.
“Whilst I agree that there is a need for homeless shelters in the area I don’t think that this site is appropriate.
“The close proximity to the chemical works could provide a negative impact on the health of occupants which would go against the aims of this project.
“It has just got a lot of people’s hopes up prematurely.”
Mr Hussain was yesterday unavailable for comment.
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