The appeal property comprised an apartment in a block of flats with a shared entrance and would operate as a short-term holiday let with four to eight people attending at any one time. The council were concerned that the entrances to three other flats would have to be passed to get to the appeal property and also that the occupancy could entail five adults and five children from their assessment of the online booking details.
The inspector noted that the use was already being undertaken but this appeared to have generated limited local objection to date. Only one objection had been received which identified only a limited and infrequent noise impact. No objection was raised by the council’s Environmental Health Department, with no complaints stated as being received in connection with the use. On this basis, the inspector considered that although the proposal would be likely to result in a more transient occupancy pattern than for a single-family dwelling, there was no clear or compelling evidence that this would result in substantially heightened noise levels. He found that the level of noise and disturbance generated by the use would be unlikely to be significantly greater than that created by the use of a single-family dwelling, holding that the occupancy level feared by the council was unlikely to take place in a two-bedroom apartment. The inspector concluded the proposal would therefore have a negligible impact on the living conditions of neighbouring dwellings with respect to noise and disturbance.
Inspector: Ben Plenty; Written representations