Northfields Hostel

For the past several years an office block on Northfield Avenue, opposte the underground station, has been used as a hostel. Despite pressure from local residents and EFRA the building has never had planning approval for the change of use. The owners recently submitted a planning application for change of use, and EFRA has submitted its response.

The key comments and objections include:

  • the density of occupation of the hostel.
  • the lack of internal recreational space.
  • general compliance with council guidelines on kitchen arrangements, WCs and washing facilities.

If the building is to continue as a hostel then EFRA's view is that it should be of a higher standard and quality, (the hostel's web site describes it as "a bunk house") such as that of the YMCA hostel in St Mary's Road.

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