Lo­cals op­pose plan for flats


Sunderland Echo - - News - Lo­cal Democ­racy re­porter echo.news@jpress.co.uk

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 obap­pli­ca­tion jec­tions over the amount of shared ac­com­mo­da­tion in the area.

On Thurs­day, Novem­ber 8, coun­cil plan­ners re­fused the ap­pli­ca­tion over the ap­pear­ance of the ex­ten­sions, park­ing pres­sures and a rec­om­men­da­tion from Northum­bria Po­lice.

A de­ci­sion no­tice reads:“The lo­cal po­lice has ad­vised that the is­sue is around com­mu­nity co­he­sion and that ap­proval of the would un­der­mine ef­forts by both po­lice and coun­cil to man­age res­i­dent un­hap­pi­ness which was very ev­i­dent over the sum­mer.”

In June, calls were made to tighten up rules that al­low land­lords to turn houses in high-ca­pac­ity flats as Roker res­i­dents looked to re­turn streets to fam­ily homes.

The ap­peal by the Rok­er­eye res­i­dents’ group came af­ter it was re­vealed 60 per cent of 170-plus prop­er­ties in Roker were classed as HMOs, with up to 10 peo­ple liv­ing at some ad­dresses.

Res­i­dents added the rise of HMOs in the area had led to is­sues around drug use, fly-tip­ping, bags of waste be­ing left in back lanes and noise con­cerns.

The Roker Av­enue prop­erty

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