Whitefriars to push ahead with homeless hostel in Hillfields

Monday 19 November 2012 Updated: 22/11 11:52

Latest News

How the centre would look if built on industrial land in Adelaide Street, Hillfields (s)

WHITEFRIARS is to press ahead with its plan to build a £6m homeless centre in Hilfields.

The housing association today (Monday) ruled out an alternative site to the one it had identified in Adelaide Street last month.

The unidentified land was put forward by ward councillors Jim O'Boyle and Naeem Akhtar, and MP Jim Cunningham at a meeting with bosses two weeks ago.

Kevin Willetts, executive director development at WM Housing Group, which Whitefriars is part of, said: "We met recently and they agreed that a new homeless facility is needed in Coventry and proposed an alternative nearby Hillfields site.

"We looked into the proposed location, but unfortunately the site was far too large and the owners were not willing to parcel of a section of the land ahead of wider disposal.

"We met with councillor O’Boyle, councillor Akhtar and Mr Cunningham again today to inform them of our findings and our decision.

"This process has helped to confirm to us that, after months of research, this location is the best available place for our planned homeless facility.

A planning application for Adelaide Street will now be submitted to the city council.

Mr Willetts added: "We recognise there are some concerns about this project, as well as local support, and we intend to continue our consultation process with people and organisations within the neighbourhood to ensure that our plans are as robust as possible."

Popular »

1 Dogs kept in appalling conditions at city home

2 Man in hospital after Foleshill Road crash

3 Two people cut from car after A45 crash

4 Return of the rings for Colette

5 Nurse struck off for "appalling" behaviour at city hospital

More news »

Primary schools must do better - council education chief

SOME of Coventry's primary schools are 'clearly not

Update: University Hospital ward back open after norovirus scare

A WARD affected by the norovirus winter sickness

Air ambulance opens first shop in Coventry

THE Coventry Airport-based Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Work to start on Stoneleigh Park's £50million revamp

THE multi-million pound masterplan to turn Stoneleigh Park

Regional news »


Rugby Observer
Stretton baker rises to the top

MAURICE Hartnett kneaded no help as he baked his way ...

Solihull Observer
Tory cries foul over leaflet claims

TRUTH bending and false allegations have caused a political stir ...

Leamington Observer
Crime victims to have say on punishments

VICTIMS of crime in Warwickshire can now have a say ...

Redditch Standard
Thousands sample food at Alcester

THOUSANDS of visitors descended on Alcester as part of its ...