Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Senior Planning Officer submitted a report to the Committee which sought approval for a change of use from dwellinghouse to HMO for 4 occupants. There were no statutory objections to the application and should it be approved, the concentration of HMOs in a 50m radius would be 7.15%. No parking was proposed as part of the application, however the property sat within a sustainable location close to public transport links and shopping facilities.
Councillor Emma Roberts spoke against the application and commented that there were a number of properties within the 50m radius that were not residential properties; this was skewing the data and she felt that the Committee were being misled.
Councillor Davenport spoke against the application and commented that the university and One Angel Square had been built with no parking provision; users were therefore forced to use Far Cotton as a car park.
Mark Evans, the applicant, spoke in favour of the application and commented that the application was compliant and that there had been no statutory objections. He advised that he used local lettings agents which carried out monthly visits to ensure the smooth running of his properties.
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