Short-term lettings trigger material change of use

A LDC seeking confirmation that a building in Tyne and Wear could be used for short-term lettings was refused after an inspector decided that the impact would be materially different from a dwelling.

The appellant stated that the number of guests would be restricted to a maximum of six at any one time. Marketing would be focused on uses by families and friends, making it clear that it was not suitable for celebratory events. Check-in time would also be restricted to between 2pm and 5pm. An external hot tub would not be available for guests, it was stated.

The building would contain domestic accommodation, with guests having access to an adjoining beauty salon. The hot tub and areas of external seating would continue to be accessible by guests and there would be no mechanism to regulate the number of quests staying nor the ability to preclude celebratory events. The likelihood was that the external areas would be used by guests which would unduly impact on the amenity of adjoining residents, to a more significant degree compared to use as a dwelling. This would remain the case even if the guests could be limited to a maximum of six people at a time.

Inspector: Roy Merrett; Written representations

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