The Committee considered an application for
the change of use from 3 bedroom house (C3) to 4 bedroom House in
Multiple Occupation (C4) at 87 Windsor Avenue.
Reason Why Being
Considered by Planning Committee
The application was referred to Planning
Committee on 21st November 2019. Members deferred the application for clarification
of HMO data and the accuracy of the HMO calculation, this included
checking that the 100 metre radius was correct and understanding
the inclusion of properties in the radius and the information
The previous report to Planning Committee on
21st November 2019 was attached as Appendix 1.
The application had not been the subject of a
The report set out the comments of the Deputy
Director – Economic Development and Planning which related to
the following matters:
- Accuracy of the 100
metre radius - a screenshot of the Local Planning Authority’s
GIS mapping system was included.in the report (Figure
1). This automatically provided the
current percentage of HMO’s within the 100 metre radius;
- Analysis of
HMO’s in the local area – a table was provided at
paragraph 2.4 of the report identifying HMO’s proximity and
relationship to the site locally;
- Figure 2 showing
HMO’s in local context;
- Figure 3 a heat map
which gave a clear spatial impression of clustering locally where
there are higher densities of existing HMO’s present ;
- Figure 4 showing
Windsor Avenue and surrounding HMO’s and relative
The Committee’s attention was drawn to
the late paper which identified the revision of condition 4 related
to the management plan.
The information was presented as set out by
the Deputy Director – Economic Development and Planning.
The Planning Officer informed Members that she
had met with the Ward Member, Councillor Udall and the objector who
had spoken at Planning Committee on 21st November 2019
and had gone through the methodology used for the calculation of
the threshold percentage as set out in the HMO Supplementary
There had been no one registered to speak on
the application. However a local Ward
Member Councillor Udall addressed the Committee objecting to the
Key Points of
- A local Ward Member,
Councillor Udall in addressing the Committee thanked the Planning
Officer for her assistance in understanding the process.
- The Ward Member still
maintained that the proposal should be refused as there was already
a concentration of HMO’s in this area and that one property
in particular should not be included.
He did agree however that this was a very marginal case and asked
if permitted development rights could be removed.
- Members acknowledged
the methodology used in the calculation of HMO’s and the need
to be consistent.
On being proposed and seconded and put to the
vote the proposal was agreed, subject to the revision of condition
4 as set out in the late paper and to the removal of permitted
RESOLVED: That the
Committee grant planning permission, subject to the conditions set
out in paragraph 9 of the report, the revision of condition 4 as
set out in the late paper and to the removal of permitted