Condition preventing HMO use necessary on highway grounds

A condition which prevented the use of seven dwellings in greater Manchester being used as houses in multiple occupation (HMO) was held to be reasonable and necessary to prevent the number of traffic movements adversely affecting highway safety.

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

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