Vital support for vulnerable ex-servicemen and women could be offered in Longlevens if planners agree to a charity’s plans to open a new eight bed shelter there.
Christian charity Alabare will meet with worried residents on Wednesday to ease concerns about the effect the Church Road home could have on the area.
It will be the second Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans base in the city. A similar centre opened in Alexandra Road in November after a two year campaign by charity workers to provide shelter and support for those who need it most.
There, each veteran has their own room in the shared house and are required to eat together four times a week, clean and maintain the garden space.
A planning application has been submitted for a change of use of the building from a dwelling house to a property accommodating ‘eight non-related individuals’.
Ian Freeman has written a letter to the city council, objecting to the plans.
“They shouldn’t be placed in a child risk area,” he said.
“Is this the right place for soldiers to transition to civilian life? They need to rehabilitate back into civilian life, not be thrown in.
“A risk assessment needs to be carried out.”
Alabaré specialises in re-integrating veterans, some with post traumatic stress disorder or alcoholism, back into civilian life.
Some Longlevens residents who have spoken out against the plans are concerned about the detrimental effect on house prices in a sought after residential area.
Critics have also questioned why a residential area has been chosen for the new home, rather than a city centre property or somewhere closer to health facilities.
Geoffrey Willis, Alabare’s campaign director, said: “In Gloucestershire we have been fortunate to have the backing of an extremely pro-active group of local supporters including the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucester, City Mayor, local Councillors, and members of the local business, military and residential communities, who have all helped to raised the awareness and funds needed to provide this support in their area.
“The model of accommodation and support that we provide for our veterans has been developed through our close partnership working with over a dozen major armed forces charities. Our decision to expand our Homes for Veterans is always based on the need in an area. We carry out a full risk assessment as part of our procedures when buying or renting a new property.”
The meeting is being held at Longlevens Library in Church Road from 7pm.