Lincoln council gives green light to £3 million homeless night shelter

A new £3 million night shelter for homeless and vulnerable people has been given the go-ahead by City of Lincoln Council.

Plans for the shelter unveiled in February 2016 include 56 bed spaces for the homeless and vulnerable.

Visual: Stem Architects

Visual: Stem Architects

Proposals were submitted to the city council by joint applicants the Nomad Trust and Lincolnshire YMCA, with designs for the building developed in partnership with Stem Architects.

At a planning committee meeting at City Hall on March 9, councillors voted in favour of the new night shelter, which will create eight jobs.

Visual: Stem Architects

Visual: Stem Architects

The shelter on St Rumbold’s Street will provide housing for 32 overnight bed spaces in 16 en-suite rooms for the vulnerable and homeless.

Some 40 self-contained open-plan apartments will also be provided for temporary lodging.

Visual: Stem Architects

Visual: Stem Architects

As previously reported, space will be used for a community cafe, encouraging integration and skills training such as cooking, as well as a triage room where people can be assessed by staff.

The site currently contains a number of 20th century terrace houses, owned by the YMCA, providing move-on accommodation for 14 people.

These buildings would be demolished to make way for the new centre.

Work on the site could begin in late 2017 or early 2018 and the trust’s current night shelter on Monks Road will be sold off.

Visual: Stem Architects

Visual: Stem Architects

Malcolm Barham, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire YMCA, said: “Nomad Trust and Lincolnshire YMCA are delighted that they have been granted full planning permission for a new shelter and move on accommodation.

“It will help us to better serve our clients and hopefully stop the cycle of homelessness for many.

“We will have training facilities which should help support individuals into independent living.”