Home conversion bid meets opposition from neighbours

March 26 2021

Suitable for five adults? 55 Melbourne Road (green house pictured third from right) is being considered as a house of multiple occupation

Suitable for five adults? 55 Melbourne Road (green house pictured third from right) is being considered as a house of multiple occupation

A planning application to convert a terraced house in Melbourne Road to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) has attracted a considerable number of objections from local residents, concerned about the over-development of this small property and the impact it will have on people living nearby.
Application 20/06199/F is for a change of use of 55 Melbourne Road from a single dwelling house (Use Class C3) to a five-bed house in multiple occupation (Use Class C4 - Small HMO), with provision of bin and cycle storage. The proposal will increase the number of bedrooms from three (two double and one single) to five single bedrooms with a shared kitchen, separate living/dining room and two shower rooms.
Owners Grant Property Solutions intend to market the house for rent to five young professionals.
Melbourne Road is a narrow, historic street in Bishopston with a row of Victorian terraced houses either side. Properties on the road are small, mainly two or three bedroom, and occupied by families with children, couples, the elderly and single occupants.
Objections lodged on the Council’s Planning Portal highlight concerns from neighbours that number 55 simply isn’t large enough for five adults, plus the increase in noise and problems with waste disposal. Issues regarding access for emergency vehicles and insufficient parking space on the street are frequently stated as problems people experience already without adding four more cars for the new residents.
The recent licensing of number 51 as an HMO after many years of being a shared house will have an impact should this development go ahead too. If number 55 also becomes an HMO, then any resident living in number 53 would be sandwiched between two HMOs.
Redland councillor Martin Fodor has lodged a ‘call in’ of the application so that if it were recommended for approval on planning grounds then it must be heard by a public committee. In that case everyone would have the option of submitting fresh statements and making them in person as a one minute live summary if they choose.
The planning application 20/06199/F can be viewed online at Bristol City Council Planning Portal. Objections to the application close on March 22.