Plans to refurbish two derelict houses in Rhyl and turn them into flats for the homeless are being opposed by residents who fear it could result in a rise in anti-social behaviour.

An application to Denbighshire County Council has been submitted by Adullam Homes Housing Association Limited, based in Bury, for the property at 17/19 Westbourne Avenue, Rhyl.

The plans would see the refurbishment and conversion of two derelict houses to form five one bed apartments on the first floor to provide supported accommodation for the homeless and offices on the ground floor

But there has already been opposition from people who live near to the site.

Resident Steve Gilmour wrote to the council with his objection saying: “The safety of our children would be put at risk, especially at night when the proposed building will be unmanned and the clientele I’m led to believe will be living there may not have our safety or interest at mind and will quite quickly turn into a drug stop , we already see people passing here in all states .”

Another, Juli Blunt, wrote:  “I object as I have concerns about who will be living in the new build. All they state is homeless, I have concerns that there won’t be staff there 24 hours a day which will cause anti social behaviour and other problems arising, fights etc.”

Another nearby resident, Laura Pownall wrote to planners with her fears over parking, the scale of the development and worries over anti-social behaviour.

She said: “Lack of onsite car parking will lead to on street parking issues and congestion for local residents.”

She added: “The applicant states that residents could occupy the units from 12 weeks up to two years.

“Arguably two years is not on a temporary basis and therefore the size of the units should meet the prescribed DCC floorspace standards in the interest of residential amenity.

“Additional information should be provided to reassure surrounding residents that any anti-social behaviour which could arise as a result of a large number of tenants with similar issues can be dealt with appropriately by staff which are already on site.”

Objections to the proposals have also been received from  Rhyl Town Council.

The town council raised concerns the complex would not be staffed 24 hours a day, there was not enough parking in the area and there were too many of these types of developments in west Rhyl.

Natural Resources Wales also feared the site could be at risk of flooding from the nearby River Clwyd.

A spokesperson for Adullam Homes Housing Association Limited said: "We are understandably disappointed with some of the comments from the council meeting. We have held engaged with our neighbours to address any concerns in an open and constructive environment.

“It is our hope that the residents who move in to the flats will become part of a caring and supportive community.

“We’d like to invite anyone who wishes to discuss the development to contact Claire Gray Operational Manager on 01745 404088.”