A PLAN to convert a city centre listed building into 25 flats for the homeless looks set to be approved.

Worcester City Council planners have recommended approving a plan to convert a three-storey grade II-listed Georgian building in Shaw Street – which previously housed the Probation Service – into a number of single-room apartments for some of the city's homeless people when its planning committee meets on Thursday (August 22).

The flats plan has been bankrolled by Worcester Municipal Charities with some grant finding by Homes England subject to a successful application.

The scheme will provide independent living for single homeless people recommended by Worcester Citizens Advice Bureau and WHABAC.

The charity would also provide management and support services to those using the apartments as it does across other accommodation in the city.

The conversion would mean the building could be improved and repaired - the building was last refurbished in 2002 - and be regularly maintained by the charity.

The outside of the building would remain largely untouched.