Lord Street homeless shelter approved despite objections from residents

A new homeless shelter for 31 men near the Green Quarter has been given the green light despite fears it would attract anti-social behaviour and crime.
An artist’s impression of the new homeless shelter on Lord Street, Manchester  Credit: MCR Property Group/Leach Rhodes Walker/Avison YoungAn artist’s impression of the new homeless shelter on Lord Street, Manchester  Credit: MCR Property Group/Leach Rhodes Walker/Avison Young
An artist’s impression of the new homeless shelter on Lord Street, Manchester Credit: MCR Property Group/Leach Rhodes Walker/Avison Young

Plans to convert an empty building on Lord Street and Stocks Street into a homeless accommodation for 31 ‘low risk’ men were met with opposition.

Objectors raised concerns about the safety of women walking to the Green Quarter, saying the site near the city centre is not appropriate for a shelter.

Some residents also suggested anti-social behaviour and crime would rise.

However, Cheetham councillor Shaukat Ali praised the ‘experienced provider’ which would manage the new facility on behalf of the MCR Property Group.

He said: “They’re already operating in Cheetham. Hopefully they’ll apply the same standard here.”

The city council’s planning committee approved the plans with only one member not voting in favour.

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