Flats for city women’s home

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A former night shelter for women and children in a listed building in Londonderry city centre will be turned into flats if a live planning application is approved.

Coer Developments wants to convert the former sheltered accommodation at 63 Clarendon Street into eight individual flats.

According to Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), who advertised the building as a development opportunity: “The subject property is a three storey former homeless shelter which is now vacant.

“Internally the property is made up to include bedrooms, kitchens, dining and living facilities.”

Advertising the building LSH stated that the property would need significant renovations.

“The majority of the property is in a bad state of repair and would require substantial works,” it stated.

Unconditional offers of £100,000 were originally invited for the property.

For decades the building had provided temporary accommodation with support, to single women as well as those with children.

An interdenominational management committee had originally established the shelter as a charity in 1977.

An estimate of its net annual value was given as £14,700 with rates payable, if applicable, of £9,338.

The building has previously undergone a series of alterations with listed building consents during its operation as a shelter.