Ray Johnson, chairman of West Norfolk Housing Co, West Norfolk Council leader Brian Long and Stephani Davis from Broadland Housing.

King’s Lynn’s former Manhattan’s nightclub has been transformed into temporary accommodation for people facing homelessness.

The Broad Street building, which had most recently been an office space, had been unused for some years.

The West Norfolk Council-owned accommodation has been turned into seven flats for couples and families, two of which have full access for occupants with disabilities.

Council leader Brian Long said: “In our work to prevent homelessness we know that appropriate temporary accommodation can make all the difference to people at a difficult time in their lives.

“Schemes like Broad Street will help us avoid using bed and breakfast, and other less than suitable alternatives out of the area.

“It is important that people can avoid too much disruption to family life while they get themselves back on track.”

The council has established West Norfolk Housing Co (WNHC) which will help secure investment in new affordable homes in the borough.

Adrian Lawrence, cabinet member for housing and community, said: “As part of its initial business plan WNHC intends to acquire 103 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership over the next three years.

“This investment will help families in West Norfolk be able to rent or buy a great quality new home.”

Ray Johnson, chairman of WNHC said: “I am pleased to see former under-used office accommodation transformed into great quality accommodation for such a positive use. 

“I am looking forward to delivering more accommodation in my role in the months and years to come.”

For advice on housing or homelessness call the council on 01553 616200.

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