Neighbours petition to stop five bedroom detatched house in Wisbech becoming a nine bedroom HMO - town council also objects
PUBLISHED: 14:41 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:41 20 March 2017
Neighbours have signed a petition in a bid to prevent a five-bedroom £210,000 detached house being turned into a nine bedroom house for multiple occupation (HMO).
The house, at 17 Leverington Road, Wisbech, has been bought by Guyhirn businessman Alan Samuels but local objections are frustrating his agent in a bid to win approval.
Chris Walford, of Peter Humphrey Associates, told Fenland planners that even after re-consultation “there is still objection from Wisbech Town Council and residents in relation to the amount of off-site parking available.
“This is very frustrating as all other aspects of the application seem acceptable”.
Mr Walford has submitted drawings showing seven or nine parking spaces at the front and rear.
He points out that it was unlikely tenants will drive because the house is so near to town and “its likely occupants typically do not own a motor vehicle” and chose to live in this type of houses for that reason.
Mr Walford said that much of what the application sets out to achieve can be carried out without extra parking since permitted development rights would allow its conversion to a six person HMO.
Sixteen local residents have petitioned the council to refuse permission – other letters of objection have also been sent.
Wisbech Town Council says the site provides insufficient off-street parking that could result in additional on-street parking which would be detrimental to highway safety.
The council says there is insufficient space to accommodate extra wheelie bins that would be needed.
Planners should decide next month whether to allow the application.