BCP Council (Poole): Matt Annen is delighted to have secured planning consent for external alterations and conversion of a garage to a bedroom, demolition of existing conservatory and erection of a single storey rear extension and change of use to a 7 bed HMO (Sui Generis Use) in the Rossmore area of Poole. The scheme was designed by good friend Rob Nabney of Now Architecture for mutual client ESA Property.

During the process a number of objections were received from neighbours, however the officer having clearly read our supporting Planning Statement retaliated:

“It is noted that numerous representations have made reference to increased noise and disturbance, referencing…. It is however noted than the dwelling could change to a 6 bed HMO without planning permission. Any additional noise from one additional bedroom is unlikely to be significant. Furthermore, there is no evidence to suggest that those occupying an HMO will create any more noise and disturbance than those occupying a C3 dwelling. Furthermore, any noise is likely to be residential in nature and not result in material harm. As such, these representations are acknowledged however the scheme is policy complaint in this regard”.

The Council agreed the principle of the proposed change of use is policy compliant and can be
supported. An HMO can deliver a form of housing that meets a specific housing need for young people, looking to climb the housing ladder. The proposal would not be materially harmful to the character and appearance of the area and would have an acceptable impact on the amenity of future occupiers and neighbours

If you have an existing dwelling or perhaps even a C4 HMO (up to 6 beds) and are wondering about extending the building or increasing the number of residents, why not contact us and speak to one of our planning consultants.