Transient student population harm to local residents

An inspector has decided that the conversion of a large dwellinghouse in Lincolnshire to a house in multiple occupation (HMO) woul erode the living conditions of local residents by allowing further students to live in the area.

Planning permission had been granted to allow the change of use of a guest house to a dwelling and a condition had been imposed restricting its use as a house in multiple occupation. Council tax records indicated that in 2013 approximately 24 per cent of properties were occupied by students and a local residents’ association highlighted various unneighbourly impacts including late night disturbance, the loss of parking spaces, poorly maintained properties, litter and unkempt gardens. The inspector agreed that these concerns had some substance and allowing a further HMO would add to the cumulative harm and fail to protect the amenity and living conditions of existing residents.

Inspector: Roger Catchpole; Written representations

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