Plans to turn a guesthouse in Llanbradach into emergency accommodation for the homeless have been given the green light by Caerphilly Council.
Y Fron Guest House in Pwllypant has been the subject of a planning application, which will see the site converted into a multi-occupancy house and a two storey extension to the rear.
The planned development, which has been approved by the council’s planning committee, will span three floors. On the ground floor there will be an executive bedroom, two kitchens, two en-suite bedrooms and three studios.
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The first floor will have five bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, one bathroom and three studios.
The second floor will contain three bedrooms. The ground floor and first floor studios will occupy the proposed extension.
On the council’s planning committee, Llanbradach ward member Cllr Colin Mann spoke against the planning application.
Although council received no objections, the two local ward members said they were contacted by residents.
Cllr Mann said: ‘Cllr (Robert) Gough and I have been approached by residents concerned about the extension.
“There have been, as I understand it, a series of incidents at the property.
“There is a very tall window on the south side of the building and on more than one occasion someone has stood in that window and looked out for a number of hours and that obviously worries Brooklands.
“If there is an extension of this type of use, it may exacerbate the nuisance suffered by this residence.
“Y Fron has been used as a traditional bed and breakfast for many years and has not caused any problems to my knowledge.
“It was the most recent events that caused these problems.”
App officer Emma Harding, who is also the lead planner for Asbri Planning, spoke out in favor of it, stressing the importance of the app for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
This was echoed by Cllr Julian Simmonds.
He said: ‘I have two of these types of facilities in my neighborhood here at Crosskeys which are obviously for the homeless.
“We had one or two small issues, but these facilities are extremely well run. They have managers on site, they have floating support where social workers come in from time to time to make sure the residents are okay.
“There’s security on these sites so there’s no need to worry about that and I just think it’s something I would recommend.
“As an authority we really have a duty of care to these people and I think we need to keep that in mind and especially at this time in these times of Covid.”