Landlord wins planning appeal over rejected HMO bid

A PLANNING inspector has ruled in favour of a landlord’s appeal for a housing multiple occupants (HMO) bid rejected by Wiltshire Council.

Wave Hill Property last year applied to change 29 The Rise in Calne from a house into a HMO with seven bedrooms.

Wiltshire Council knocked the bid back stating that the HMO would cause a noise and disturbance for neighbours.

The decision by planning officers added: “There is insufficient space within the application site to accommodate the necessary refuse and recycling facilities without having an unacceptable impact upon the amenities and living conditions of neighbouring residents and occupants of the HMO.

“In the absence of an appropriate proposal for the management of waste, the development is considered to be contrary to the requirements of Core Policy CP57.”

Officers also cited the lack of parking for the potential seven occupants and the lack of convenient bike storage.

However, at appeal the planning inspector sided with the landlord stating that the property was previously used to house six, and that would not have required planning permission.

“On this basis, the proposal would not significantly intensify the use, as the property is already a HMO. Furthermore, the character of the area would not substantially change, as the property is already no longer a single family house,” they said.

They added that there was no evidence for an increase in noise and that a cycle store would serve occupants in the back garden.

Wave Hill Property also applied to the planning inspector for costs against the appeal which were denied.

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