A NEW 37-bed homeless shelter has been given the go ahead, despite concerns about parking and anti-social behaviour.

Oxford City councillors unanimously approved a planning application last night to build the new centre in Rymers Lane, Cowley.

The shelter is seen as a key part of the council's strategy to tackle the ever-growing problem of homelessness in the city but residents and the county council had previously objected to the plan.

Highways officers said they had worries that a lack of off-street parking would mean staff, visitors and residents would clog up side streets by parking on them.

People who live nearby also expressed fears that families and businesses could be affected by an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area, with one resident adding this is 'commonly associated with people struggling with complex needs.'

The building is expected to be completed by 2019 and will be run by housing provider A2 Dominion. 

Oxford City Council hope it will be used by homeless people who will be given the opportunity to turn their lives around by working with experts.