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A homeless hostel will open in Hammersmith later this year, despite residents’ outspoken fears that it will turn their community into “a ghetto”.

The charity St Mungo’s yesterday won planning permission to convert two hotels in Shepherds Bush Road into a single hostel.

It will include a total of 40 self-contained flats with 24/7 security, and the temporary planning permission would last until November 2023.

It comes as the number of people sleeping rough in London has spiked while the pandemic has played havoc with the economy and caused job losses.

Hammersmith and Fulham saw a 21 per cent increase in people sleeping on its streets between September and December, according to a study by the Greater London Authority.

Homeless Hostel to OpenNearly 60 residents objected to the new hostel, saying Hammersmith already has homeless shelters and a hotel used by the Home Office to house asylum seekers, which are causing problems. Only one person wrote in support of the new hostel.

The council commissions five other homeless accommodation facilities, including in King Street and Edith Road.

Another resident, Lindsey Wright, said other local businesses would be “deeply impacted by people avoiding this area if this is approved”.

St Mungo’s service director, Adam Rees, sought to reassure the committee that the hostel would be well-run.

He said the hostels help “break the cycle of homelessness”, and that the rooms will include en suite bathrooms, a TV, microwave, fridge and WiFi.

One planning committee, councillor Alex Karmel, a Conservative, was highly critical of St Mungo’s failure to consult with residents before submitting its planning application.

Councillor Wesley Harcourt, Labour, and cabinet member for the environment, wanted assurances that St Mungo’s contract with the council will include terms about ensuring the local area is kept safe.

Julia Copeland, the council’s commissioner for homeless services, explained there will be key-performance indicators such as “the complaints they get and outcomes for residents”.

The committee’s six Labour councillors voted to approve the hostel. Two Conservative councillors voted against.

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