HMO plan is a no-go
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This followed an earlier bid for a five-bedroom ‘dwelling house’ which was withdrawn following objections over the amount of shared accomodation in the area.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.