Separate buildings will hold refugee families, single males and single females, and include offices, communal areas, restaurants, recreational facilities and children’s play areas.
The latest in a number of applications being made by firms hired by the Home Office for the thousands of refugees, is by Serco aiming to turn a former failed care home into a screening centre for 120 new refugees at any one time.
The proposed site lies in the greenbelt and is 600 metres as the crow flies from a new estate of £500,000 homes built by Redrow Homes, which will be devalued according to angry residents.
On the outskirts of Widnes, in Cheshire, campaigners claim it will also impact on nearby Warrington and St Helens.
Serco is one of three companies, also including Clearsprings and G4S, which have multi-million pound contracts to house huge numbers of asylum seekers arriving in Britain.
Residents in Widnes were horrified to learn this month that Lilycross Homes Ltd, which owns the former care home, has applied to turn it into an “asylum hotel” for the 120 new arrivals, while their applications are screened by the Home Office and they are found more permanent homes.
There were only 60 residents when Lilycross Care Home was open, but the plans are to double the number of residents by room sharing.
The migrants, who are mainly from war-ravaged Syria, would be housed over three separate floors.
A planning statement made to Halton Borough Council said Serco was rolling out the facilities across the country.