No Go For HMO In Cross Gates:
An application to turn a building formerly used as a residential care home into a large block of rooms to rent has been refused.
The application, for 88 Church Lane, Cross Gates, sought permission for a 20 bedroom “house in multiple occupation”. With many of the rooms capable of having double beds the total number of people living in the property could have been well above 20.
The local ward members were concerned that changing this property to housing would not be in keeping with the local area, which is generally residential with smaller houses. They were also concerned about the impact of traffic, parking and noise on the local area, which they felt could not support a development of this size in this location.
Councillor Peter Gruen (Cross Gates & Whinmoor) said:
“We need housing in the area, but this has to be the right housing in the right location. This application was certainly not the right kind of housing for the area and was certainly not in the right location. The impact on local people of lots of cars and a dense development of more than 20 people living in a small space was simply not appropriate.
“Having made sure local people were aware of the application, I am delighted that both their and our views have been listened to. I hope the owner follows suit and takes on board the reasons for the Council’s decision.”
“The people living near to 88 Church Lane were rightly quite upset about this application. The impact on them would have been too great; let alone the people who would actually live in the building, who would equally have had noise, parking and traffic difficulties themselves.
“The rules about Houses in Multiple Occupation are there for a reason. This case was clearly one where there were very good grounds against it being a House in Multiple Occupation and I am glad we were able to lead local people in making this argument clearly, robustly and successfully.”