RESIDENTS are celebrating after winning their latest battle against a house of multiple occupancy at 35 Stamford Road, Mossley.
Tameside Council’s planning speakers’ panel has demolished landlord Andrew Rothwell’s new move to turn the family home into a nine-bedroom HMO.
However, it was revealed at the planning meeting Mr Rothwell, from property company Northwood, does not require planning permission to turn the home into six apartments.
The long-running battle began last year when Grant Erskine Architects, who represented Mr Rothwell, made an initial application for a 10-bedroom HMO which was later amended to nine bedrooms.
It was thrown out by speakers’ panel, despite an officer from Tameside Council recommending approval.
But after Mossley’s councillor Tafheen Sharif and neighbouring residents voiced their opposition, members of the speakers’ panel went against the advice of the officer and rejected the application.
A subsequent appeal to the Planning Inspectorate also failed. This was followed by the latest planning application to Tameside Council which was exactly the same as the original nine bedrooms but with the addition of a management plan.
A Tameside Council officer pointed out the HMO would alter the character of the area while there was a lack of parking and amenities while there were issues with recycling storage.
He added the Planning Inspectorate agreed the HMO would be harmful to neighbours, especially the layout as five of the bedrooms were up against a joining wall.
Cllr Sharif told the latest speakers’ panel there were 22 objections to the previous proposal and 21 to the current one while ward councillors and Mossley Town Council also opposed the HMO.
She pointed out it was essentially the same application with the exception of a small area to store bins.
She told speakers’ panel: “The applicant is making a mockery of planning by putting in the same application time and time again.
“There is also the question of resources as residents are having to take time off work to make their objections and also your time and that of officers.”
Resident Helen Jamison, whose home adjoined 35 Stamford Street, told councillors it was overuse and neighbours were worried about “significant noise and disturbance”.
She pointed out if there were six bedrooms instead of nine there would be more communal areas so residents in the HMO would not need to be in bedrooms as much so there would be less risk of her family being affected.
Resident John Winterbottom focused on parking issues explaining every spot on the pavement opposite 35 Stamford Road was taken by neighbours.
“If there are nine other residents, do you expect them all to go to work by train or bicycle. They are going to be key workers and many will have cars,” he said.
Mr Winterbottom added when cars straddle Stamford Road two vehicles are unable to pass one another, pointing he had one car written off and wing mirrors are regularly knocked off vehicles.
Laura Rothwell told speakers’ panel she and her husband were the developers and they were helping to meet a shortage of accommodation in the area.
She would personally manage 35 Stamford Road, not Northwood, explaining they were targeting professional workers while they would be advertised as having no parking that would deter many possible tenants.
Mrs Rothwell added there were excellent bus and train links while bicycle racks would be installed.
Tameside Council’s planning officers recommended refusal and speakers’ panel members agreed with that ruling.