A FORMER guesthouse in Stow Hill is being transformed into supportive accommodation for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues.
The house, on Caerau Crescent, will have serviced living facilities for six people and will be managed by the Melin Homes housing association.
Permission for the change was granted by Newport City Council at a planning committee meeting held on Wednesday January 5th.
Councilor James Clarke, who represents Malpas, said: “Melin Homes has a good reputation and supported housing is needed.
Cllr Clarke added: “I am fully behind this, it is a good use of a property.”
The new support house will feature six en-suite resident bedrooms, one en-suite staff bedroom, four living areas, kitchen, office, utility room and an additional bathroom.
Stow Hill city councilor Miqdad Al-Nuaimi has raised concerns that the development will be a multiple-occupancy house (HMO).
It has since been confirmed by the council’s planning service that the home will be for those in need of care and support – and not for an HMO.
According to the report presented to the committee, Melin Homes should receive a subsidy for social housing for development because it meets a pressing need for this type of housing.
Cllr John Guy, who represents Alway, also expressed support for the app during the meeting.
Originally, a large copper beach tree was to be removed from the site, but it has since been removed following an objection from the forester and a neighbor.
The tree is now protected by a Tree Protection Ordinance (TPO).