Green Light For 7-Bed HMO in Broughton 1

Plans to turn a family home into a 7-bed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) have been backed for approval despite numerous concerns.

About 50 objections have been signed against proposals to convert the current 3-bedroom house on Larne Drive in Broughton.

The reason for these concerns is that it would have a negative impact on the neighbourhood and lead to parking problems, residents think.

Broughton Community Council and local councillor Billy Mullin have also spoken against.

However, the application has been recommended to receive the green light by Flintshire Council’s chief planning officer.

In a report set to be sent before councillors next week, Andrew Farrow said the scheme was acceptable because it was in a residential area.

He said: “The dwelling is located within a row of similar properties upon a modern residential estate.

“Given the above, it is considered that the built nature of the proposal will not have a significant detrimental impact upon the character and appearance of the existing dwelling or streetscene in which it is located.

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“There is a concern that the increased residential use of the HMO, would leave to an increase in the parking requirements above what would reasonably expected of a private dwelling.

“The proposed parking provision submitted shows the front of the property will accommodate three cars clear of the highway.

“A condition is imposed to ensure that the parking provision is provided and maintained on site, in perpetuity.”

It’s not the first time controversial plans for a HMO happen in Broughton.

In December 2018, proposals to create bedsits on Gladstone Road were approved on appeal, despite originally being refused by the local authority due to neighbours’ protest.

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