Bradford Council has approved a plan to turn a former manor house and convent into a social housing development to help alleviate homelessness in the area.

The Grade II listed building dates back to the 1870s, and was most recently used as a care home for young people with physical disabilities, but has gone unused since 2019.

Social housing provider Concept Housing will run the newly-approved scheme, which will see the building turned into 24 bedrooms, shared kitchens, toilets and bath room, a lounge, dining room and office area. It will also provide health and housing-related services to the homeless.

Planning officials said:

“The building has a significant character, despite an apparent deterioration in its condition and upkeep.

“The proposal to change the use to a hostel for the homeless remains within the spectrum of residential uses and as such deemed a suitable use that will sit comfortably in this setting.

“It is also apparent from the very nature of the application that it will be a valuable community asset going forward, meeting a highlighted need within the district.”

Last year Bradford Council adopted its new Homeless and Rough Sleeper Strategy for 2020 – 2025, setting out how it intended to work with housing companies to help people find permanent homes. 

In 2019 there were 9,434 approaches to the Council by people at risk of becoming homeless, and there were thought to be at least 24 rough sleepers in the district when the document was drafted.

A spokesperson for the council said:

“Homelessness is a complex and enduring national issue so we welcome this additional facility which will help local people.

“The new set-up will offer temporary accommodation along with health and housing-related services.

“We will work with Concept to ensure local people are well supported.”

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