HMO approved in St Julians, despite parking issues
A PLANNING application for a multiple occupancy house (HMO) in St Julians has been approved by Newport City Council.
The HMO will be located on Constance Street and will have six bedrooms and a maximum of six occupants.
An HMO is a house inhabited by at least three people from more than one household, who share facilities such as a kitchen or a bathroom.
During the consultation period, residents expressed concerns about parking and potential anti-social behavior following HMO approval.
Council received 14 letters of objection and 40 signatures on a petition opposing the request.
Lib Dem adviser Carmel Townsend, who represents the St Julians neighborhood, said: “Residents have a right to feel angry and disappointed with the administration.”
Cllr Townsend added that residents with disabilities who need to park in the area had not been considered in the council officers’ report.
A parking investigation was carried out by the applicant and a site visit was carried out by council planning officers.
Council agent Joanne Davies, who presented the report to the planning committee on Wednesday, September 1, said parking in the area of the property is at 90 percent of capacity.
Ms Davies said that while parking is not plentiful, it is not at full capacity, so parking is not a valid reason for opposing demand.
Ms Davies added that car ownership among occupants of the HMO would be low.
Cllr Townsend described the parking review as “shortsighted”.
The HMO application was approved with the recommendation of the officers. Four councilors voted to approve the request, while three voted against.
Gwent police did not respond to the request, which Cllr Townsend called “disappointing”.
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