A WINCHESTER homelessness charity has submitted plans to create three new rooms within its existing facility. 

Trinity Winchester wants the new residential rooms at Bradbury View in Durngate.

This comes after the charity said it also wants to develop five modular buildings, called ‘Z pods’ on a separate parcel of land in the area next year.

The five modular buildings would serve as a form of move-on housing, halfway between supported and fully unsupported living.

By Thursday, March 28 the application, submitted by Trinity Winchester chief executive Sue McKenna, had received no public comments in support or objection. 

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In the application's panning statement, it said: “The proposed changes within this application include internal alterations to accommodate three new residential units, minor adjustments to the West elevation to incorporate three new doors, and the addition of ramped access.

“Trinity Winchester is a locally based charity that addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through its many drop-in services. The existing two-storey building was constructed in May 2009. An extension was granted permission in 2019 and subsequently completed to provide 11 new residential units. The building is not listed and is not within a conservation area. 

“The trees on the site will not be affected by the development.

“This application aims to enhance the capabilities of the existing Trinity building, enabling it to address the current demands faced by the charity. The carefully considered amendments to the West elevation ensure that the visual appearance of the existing envelope remains contemporary and consistent with the original design.”

The new rooms will be created by removing three existing windows and one double door. In their place, three new aluminium external glazed doors with glazed side screens will be installed.

The planning statement added: “The internal reconfiguration primarily follows the existing walls to define each residential unit. New internal walls have been proposed to create en suite facilities for each unit and to accommodate a much-needed new residential space to support the work of the charity.

“New paved ramp access has been proposed externally for two of the residential units to facilitate easy wheelchair access, while Room 01 will continue to benefit from the existing staircase. All new entrances will use the same paving tiles currently found in the landscape.”

For more details about the planning application online, search 24/00362/LDP on Winchester City Council's planning portal.