Despite Parking Concerns Proposals for Town Centre HMO Approved

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Proposals to convert a property on the edge of Wrexham town centre into an HMO were backed for approval.

Officers made recommendation at Wrexham Council despite the concerns that the plans for the Derby Road house will increase the traffic.

Councillors of the community said that it could also lead to parking difficulties on a busy route in the town, closed ti Eagles Meadow shopping centre.

The change of use should be given the green light, the authority’s head of environment and planning advised politicians.

Lawrence Isted said in a report: “Local planning guidance advises that the maximum parking required for the proposed use is four spaces which is one more space than the maximum requirements for the existing use.

“The applicant has amended the original scheme to provide four on-site parking spaces side by side with a limited turning area.

“The site is extremely sustainable being located some 1km from the town centre within which there is access to local shopping provision, various bus services and the railway station.

“There are no reasons to resist this proposal on the grounds of highway safety.”

Concerns about the type of a tenant that would be housed in the property was raised by one neighbouring resident.

The occupation of a HMO is not restricted to any particular type of person, said Mr Isted in response.

“There are no planning or housing regulatory reasons why a HMO proposal should be refused on the grounds of any particular type of person occupying the property.

“The transiency of occupiers would not result in any detriment to the social fabric of the area.” – he said.

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