Leeds City Council has continued its hard-line stance against plans for shared houses in Armley by refusing ANOTHER planning application.
A revised planning application for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) would have seen six single bedrooms created in the end terrace family home in Brooklyn Place – down from original proposals submitted last August for nine beds.
The plans received letters in both opposition and support from local residents.
In refusing the application, a council planning report says:
“The applicant argues that this will provide a much needed alternative form of low cost housing for this area. However, the area is not considered to be lacking in HMO’s or flats and there is no known need for such.
“There is however recognised to be a need for family housing across the district, and this would provide accommodation for a larger or extended family unit. The loss of this unit is therefore objected to.
“The intensification in use of the property is also considered to result in harm to amenity, through overcrowding (demonstrated by lack of bathroom facilities), noise and increased parking demand. The revisions put forward by the applicant have not overcome these concerns. The change of use is therefore objected to. “
There has been a spate of HMO refusals by the council in Armley following a landmark decision last August which refused plans for a HMO in Conference Road. Developers are currently appealing against that decision. Similar plans in Barden Grove were also refused by the council.
A HMO is a house which has been converted entirely into bedsits or other non-self-contained accommodation. More details here.