King’s Lynn overnight shelter asks to extend accommodation for homeless people

Lynn’s Overnight Shelter has applied for planning permission to build an extension to allow it to provide safe and warm overnight accommodation for more homeless people.

If West Norfolk planners give it the green light, it will add more rooms to the shelter and
increase the number of people he can help at any one time from eight to 12.

The shelter moved from St Ann’s Fort, North Street, to the former St John’s House rectory, Blackfriars Road, in 2020.

The night shelter was blessed by the Bishop of Lynn, Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick.. (42900126)

At that time it was planned to provide emergency accommodation for between 22 and 32 people who would share rooms.

The pandemic has changed that and now room sharing is not allowed and each guest must have a single room.

As a result, the shelter can currently only accommodate eight people.

King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter Logo (27330687)
King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter Logo (27330687)

The two-storey side extension requested in the planning application would increase the number of bedrooms and create space for 12 people.

In a statement to planners, the applicant explains that during the period of October 2021 to June 2022, the shelter accommodated 39 people and helped another 197 people who were sleeping rough, in emergency accommodation or on canapes.

It describes itself as “a safe, warm and welcoming place of first stop for people in need who would otherwise have to sleep and survive on the cold, damp and dangerous streets”.

It also works alongside other bodies, including the Purfleet Trust, the food bank and the borough council, to provide support and assistance.

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