Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Interim Development Manager submitted a report to the Committee which sought approval for a change of use from dwellinghouse to HMO for 6 occupants and new rear door. Since the property had extant planning permission for use as an HMO, the concentration of existing HMOs in the area was not a material consideration. The property sat within a sustainable location close to public transport links and shopping facilities and conditions were included to restrict the number of occupants, and to secure details of waste and cycle storage.
Councillor Bob Purser spoke against the application and voiced concerns around parking; he advised that people living in the town centre did not necessarily use public transport. He asked that the Committee refuse the application and the house be retained as a 5-person HMO.
Pat Dooley, the agent on behalf of the applicant, spoke in favour of the application and commented that all room sizes exceed requirements and the applicant was the same as the previously approved application. He noted that his client interviewed potential occupants himself and undertook regular visits, and that there had been no complaints regarding any of his properties to date.
Members discussed the report.
That the application be APPROVED subject to the conditions and reasons as set out in the report.
Publication date: 02/09/2021
Date of decision: 01/06/2021
Decided at meeting: 01/06/2021 - Northampton Local Area Planning Committee