A CENTRE for homeless and disadvantaged youths is planned for a town centre site in Epsom.
Sanctuary Supported Living, a non-profit branch of housing provider Sanctuary Group, has submitted plans for Epsom Young Persons' Support and Accommodation Facility in East Street.
The housing and support facility is planned at the 2,083sqm site of Shaftesbury House, the company's former offices, which is currently being demolished.
Plans include four car parking spaces, 50 spaces for bicycles and a private garden for residents.
If granted, the new service would employ 12 staff and provide temporary accommodation for young people, aged between 16 and 25, who are homeless or in housing need.
Youngsters stay for between nine and 12 months and are provided with access to employment, training and education.
The offices, which have been vacant since 2007, are being knocked down to make way for the part two-storey part four-storey building with 45 bedsit apartments, a residents' lounge, staff accommodation, offices, meeting rooms and a conference space to provide "accommodation, communal facilities and training spaces for disadvantaged young people in the local area".
Architects explained how the new building would be of contemporary design and would "regenerate" this part of town.
A design and access statement submitted to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council alongside the application explained: "The facility will provide disadvantaged young people with the appropriate training and support that they require in overcoming the barriers they face as they progress into adulthood and in gaining the necessary skills to secure and retain employment.
"The proposed use is considered to be entirely suitable for the site and would address unmet housing and support needs in the local area."
For more information on the proposals or to comment, go to http://eplanning.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=MF7VP5GY8H000
Article from Amy De-Keyzer at getsurrey
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