Conversion of property from a 3 bedroom dwelling (Use Class C3) to 2no. one bedroom flats (Use Class C3 retained).
Our Response

There is a live planning application associated with this property for the proposed change of use of the dwelling to a five-bed HMO (see 23/00853/FUL), though this would be in contravention of the ‘Sandwich Test’ set out under Criterion 1 of the B&NES Council HMO SPD.

BPT strongly emphasises that the existing use of the dwelling and the close, pedestrian proximity of family facilities such as Three Ways School and St Gregory’s College make this an attractive, convenient, and appropriate property for families. Whilst we acknowledge that the proposed subdivision into 2x 1-bed flats does not necessitate a change of use class, this housing typology would likely be more appealing to younger people or students and would therefore likely result in the loss of suitable family accommodation in this area.

Application Number: 23/01745/FUL
Application Date: 12/05/2023
Closing Date: 08/06/2023
Address: 8 Barrow Road, Odd Down, Bath
Our Submission Status: Comment