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Neighbours win fight against plans for bail hostel in Sunderland street

Plains Farm residents concerned about plans to have a 'halfway house' in Paton Sqaure Plains Farm, Sunderland, pictured outside the housing managers surgery on Plains Road.

Plains Farm residents concerned about plans to have a 'halfway house' in Paton Sqaure Plains Farm, Sunderland, pictured outside the housing managers surgery on Plains Road.

NEIGHBOURS have won their battle against plans to house criminals and suspects in a quiet cul-de-sac.

People living near 1 Paton Square in Plains Farm were shocked to find out the empty property could be used to house offenders or suspects on bail.

Owners of the building, Home Group, said the house is one of their “general needs” properties, and that the plan had been to use it for the Ministry of Justice’s Bail Accommodation and Support Service (BASS).

A group of up to 100 people gathered two days in a row at the property, as well as at the Home Group offices in nearby Plains Road.

Protestors even went as far as barricading the front entrance to prevent workers entering the site.

Now the Echo understands plans for the centre have been scrapped. We are awaiting more news and reaction on the decision.

 

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