FURY has met plans for new supported accommodation and an emergency refuge on a residential Bradford street.

The planning application to change the use of a former beauty shop on the corner of Kingswood Terrace, Great Horton, has been lodged with Bradford Council by a company called Strong Foundations.

A Just Giving page for the organisation says: "Strong Foundations seeks to provide a safe environment for service users at risk of domestic and sexual violence, homelessness, care leavers and woman experiencing housing difficulties. Including woman whom may find themselves vulnerable during times of crisis. This includes females from all socioeconomic, religious and ethnic backgrounds."

It also says that prevention and support services will be made available to women who are ex-offenders or who are at risk reoffending.

Angry residents in the surrounding area have joined forces to oppose the plans, which they say will further fuel the problems blighting the area.

A petition to the Council, signed by 80 people, says residents "object strongly" to the plans due to a number of concerns.

It says: "The area in question is very busy with overpopulated neighbourhood.

"There is a very large proportion of refugee settlement in the vicinity, already leading to community conflict. Recently, the Council, the police and politicians have been involved.

"Tremendous number of litter problems and noise pollution, once again the Council has been involved.

"Traffic congestion due to it being a busy area for shopping and worshippers (three mosques, one church).

"Drugs, crime and antisocial problem (sic) that are persistently occurring in the area."

The residents have also demanded a neighbourhood meeting regarding the plans.

Bus driver Rangzaeb Iqbal, 47, who has lived on the street all his life, coordinated the petition after residents began to approach him about the plans.

"They don't want it," he said.

"It will have a big impact. People are upset about it.

"It could be anybody living there - we don't know what kind of people will be housed there."

In his official objection on the Council's planning website, Mr Iqbal touches on how problems with traffic congestion, the risk of anti-social behaviour and noise issues could "cause tensions in the neighbourhood".

"As I have a sick family member and this would cause health issues for him," he wrote.

While retired Paul Bradley, 62, told the Telegraph & Argus: "It's something we do not want in the area.

"We don't need it here. Why have it in such a close, residential area?"

Another objection on the Council's planning website from Mohammed Shafiq says: "There will people of different backgrounds coming and going at different times late into the night, my mother who is not well has lived in the street 40 plus years, has a right to a quiet and peaceful life not having to worry as to which type of person is being housed at 16 Kingswood Terrace."

Councillor Joanne Dodds (Lab, Great Horton) said there had been a number of problems at the bottom of Kingswood Street and a street surgery was recently held with different partners in response.

Cllr Dodds added that the problems at the bottom of the street and the planning application for the top of the street could sandwich residents.

"I know we do need these emergency refuges and supported accommodation, but I think we have got to be careful where we do place them and I don't think that is the right place, knowing that area."

A Bradford Council spokesperson, said: “We have received a planning application for a property change of use from a beauty shop to supported accommodation and emergency refuge for 16 Kingswood Terrace. To date we have received a petition containing 80 signatures and four separate letters of objection. Officers are currently considering this proposal.”