Change of use from dwelling (Use Class C3) to House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) (UC C4).
Our Response

BPT does not object to the material changes proposed to this suburban property. However, we would like to strongly emphasise that the close, pedestrian proximity of facilities such as Three Ways School and St Martin’s Garden Primary School make this an attractive and appropriate property for families. A change of use to a HMO would not serve the local demand for housing in this area and would result in the loss of suitable family accommodation. Approval of this application would maintain an undesirable precedent and should therefore be resisted.

Furthermore, we would highlight that as a 7-bedroom HMO, it would fall into the use class ‘sui generis’ due to exceeding the 6-bedroom maximum of a C4 HMO class. We would therefore recommend that the application is amended to the correct use class.

Application Number: 20/00970/FUL
Application Date: 09/03/2020
Closing Date: 30/03/2020
Address: 128 Frome Road, Odd Down
Our Submission Status: Comment