Exeter house given to rough sleepers
A TERRACED house in Pinhoe Road is to be used to accommodate Exeter rough sleepers.
The house, between the junctions of Commins Road and Jubilee Road, will be able to take up to five people at a time for short stay "move on" accommodation for use while attempts are made to resettle them in an area where they have a connection.
It is one of a number of similar properties around the city.
The scheme was approved by the city's planning committee, despite a petition and other objections from those living near the property.
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The principal concerns included a rise in the number of drunk and drugged people in the area, noise and disturbance and fear it would discourage student occupation and hit landlords' income.
But Councillor Rob Hannaford, lead councillor for housing and community involvement, said there were three similar properties in his ward of St Thomas, and they had not resulted in any complaints.
Councillor Rachel Sutton said being homeless could happen to anyone, and Councillor Jake Donovan said many homeless people were ex-Service personnel.
Exeter is the first authority in the South West to go live with a new initiative called No Second Night Out for rough sleepers.