HMO plan is a no-go

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PLANS to trans­form a for­mer doc­tors surgery into a house of mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pa­tion (HMO) have been re­jected by Sun­der­land City Coun­cil.

In Septem­ber, Sun­der­land Ac­com­mo­da­tion Ser­vices lodged a ‘change of use’ ap­pli­ca­tion for the for­mer Roker Fam­ily Prac­tice in Roker Av­enue.

New plans in­cluded build­ing dormer ex­ten­sions at the front and rear of the prop­erty to help boost room space to six flats.

This fol­lowed an ear­lier bid for a five-bed­room ‘dwelling house’ which was with­drawn fol­low­ing ob­jec­tions over the amount of shared ac­co­mo­da­tion in the area.

On Thurs­day, coun­cil plan­ners re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion over the ap­pear­ance of the ex­ten­sions, park­ing pres­sures and a rec­om­men­da­tion from Northum­bria Po­lice, who raised mis­giv­ings among lo­cal res­i­dents.

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