128 Frome Road, Odd Down
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.