The seven units within an office block had been granted prior approval under Class O of Part 3 to Schedule 2 of the GPDO 2015. The condition stated that notwithstanding Class L of Part 3 of the order none of the dwellings shall be used as a Class C4 HMO.
At her site visit an inspector noted that each dwelling within the building contained a number of bedrooms and consequently they were capable of accommodating a larger number of residents compared to their permitted use. This would increase parking demands in an area where on-street parking was already congested. A previous inspector had already dismissed an appeal for the use of the building as a 22-bedroom HMO on highway grounds and this reinforced her objection to the proposal.
Inspector: Alison Partington; Written representations