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York City Council executive to consider purchase and conversion of building to meet all of its temporary homeless accommodation requirements under one roof

York City Council’s executive is to consider proposals to buy a property, which would meet all of its temporary homeless accommodation requirements, under one roof.

A building has been identified in James Street, which could be purchased and converted for a total cost of £10.5 million, replacing the current temporary arrangements at Ordnance Lane, Holgate Road, Crombie House and Acomb Road with a single service.


The proposal, which is being brought before the local authority’s executive tomorrow (16th March), replaces plans to redevelop the Ordnance Lane site following the developer going into liquidation earlier this year. Rather than building a new scheme at Ordnance Lane, this proposal simply requires converting an existing building into 56 units with office and reception space. This would replace the council’s existing 52 temporary accommodation units and give the council more resources to meet its emergency accommodation requirements.


Should the purchase be approved and finalised, the scheme could be delivered some eight months earlier than the Ordnance Lane project and could release other council properties and sites for alternative use.


Councillor Sam Lisle, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “This is a promising opportunity to deliver more cost-effective and easily managed temporary accommodation in a single, more central location.”


The full report is available here:  http://democracy.york.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=733&MId=9311


The executive will meet on Thursday 16 March at West Offices from 5.30pm. The meeting is open to members of the public or is available to watch live online at: www.york.gov.uk/webcasts 

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