Casebook: Appeal case - Backpacker hotel allowed in residential area

The change of use of a house in Manchester to a budget backpackers' hotel has been allowed after an inspector determined that it would not harm neighbours' living conditions, the area's character or highway safety.

The council considered that up to 72 backpackers in addition to staff would constitute high-intensity use that would result in noise, disturbance and loss of privacy to the occupiers of neighbouring dwellings.

The inspector noted that the majority of the rooms would be bedrooms and considered that with few other facilities provided on site, most socialising would be likely to take place elsewhere. He held that subject to conditions to limit maximum occupancy to 50 backpackers and to require a noise reduction scheme, neighbours' living conditions would not be significantly harmed.

While there would be more comings and goings than with a purely residential use, he considered that such activity would be unlikely to have a direct impact on neighbours and would be consistent with the area's cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Subject to the implementation of a scheme to provide parking in the rear garden, the inspector was satisfied that the proposal would not be harmful to highway safety and would not harm the amenity of nearby residents who had no off-street parking.

DCS No: WR100-045-662; Inspector: John Yellowley; Written representations.

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