Ex-centre for homeless may be converted to 13 bedsits in Peterborough

Exterior of St Theresa's  Day Centre, in Manor House Street, Peterborough.

Exterior of St Theresa's Day Centre, in Manor House Street, Peterborough.

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A former centre for the homeless in Peterborough could be converted into bedsits for 13 tenants.

Plans have been drawn up to turn the former St Theresa’s Day Centre, in Manor House Street, into bedsits for rent.

I feel deep concern, along with many other residents, about the damage houses of multiple occupation are causing to the city.

Margaret Randall

But the proposal has caused anger among some nearby residents who have vowed to oppose the venture claiming it will bring down house prices in the street.

The plans have been drawn up by the building’s owner, Zed Ahmed, of Propertyline, in Lincoln Road, Peterborough.

A plnanning application submitted to Peterborough City Council states the intention is to create 13 bedsits with shared kitchen and dining facilities.

Also included are 13 car parking slots and space for nine bicycles.

The building was orginally a Catholic school and built in 1893.

It became a day centre in 1991 until 2008 when St Theresa’s closed. More recently it has been an undertaker’s premises and parlour which shut last year.

In a statement to the council, the applicant says the aim is “to bring back to life and upgrade an empty building that has been unsympathetically treated during its lifetime.”

But resident Margaret Randall said: “Worryingly it appears most residents don’t know about this development.”

She said residents would be asked to sign a petition opposing the plans.

“The residents who do know about this are putting up strong objections. I feel deep concern, along with many other residents, about the damage houses of multiple occupation are causing to the city.”

Deadline for objections is April 27.