Emergency night shelter receives planning approval

Published: Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Planning proposals for an emergency night shelter to provide overnight accommodation for rough sleepers have been approved by Northampton Borough Council.

The temporary shelter will be established in the former British Rail Social Club, on St Andrew’s Road. The building will ultimately become part of a project to celebrate Northampton’s heritage but in the short-term will form a key element of a new strategy to tackle homelessness in the town.

In June, more than 30 local agencies pledged to work together to tackle rough sleeping. Working collaboratively they produced ‘together we change lives’, a strategy outlining how the multi-agency approach will offer support to those facing homelessness in Northampton.

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, Northampton Borough Council said: “The ‘together we change lives’ strategy sets out ten objectives, the night shelter is the first of those so I’m pleased that we’ve now taken a significant step towards achieving that.”

“Providing an emergency shelter is incredibly important because by creating a safe place for people to go in a crisis we will eliminate the need for anyone to sleep rough in our town. Although the provision will be quite basic, there will be a whole host of additional services available so that we can provide people with the support they need to get their lives back on track. Once someone walks through the door, they will not need to walk back out onto a life on the street.”

It is hoped that the shelter will open in November.

If you are concerned about someone who is sleeping rough in Northampton or is at risk of sleeping rough, please contact the Borough Council’s Outreach Team: 01604 837344 or [email protected]