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Offenders: Housing

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what plans there are to close ClearSprings operation in Kemsley; (187822)

(2) what planning requirements there were for the establishment of the ClearSprings house in Kemsley.

Planning permission is not required; and the local authority has not asked that it be sought. The Kemsley property was previously residential and remains in residential use by those renting it while benefiting from the Bail Accommodation and Support Service.

The property at Kemsley currently being used for the Bail Accommodation and Support Service will be released when alternative property can be sourced to meet the demand for 10 bed spaces spread over three locations in Kent, as identified by the South East Regional Offender Manager.