Plan to turn the fitness center and beauty salon into a huge shared house opposed by over 200 residents – but is recommended for approval
Controversial plans to turn a fitness center and beauty salon into a huge house shared with more than 200 residents are recommended for approval in Oldham.
Proposals to convert a building on Ashton Road in Bardsley into a 15-bed multiple-occupancy (HMO) house are due to be submitted to the borough planning committee next Wednesday.
The plans had sparked an uproar among local residents since their submission in early February, with many worried about an increase in crime in the village area.
The area was rocked by the death of Imogen Bohajczuk, 29, at a property in Ashton Road on March 4.
There were 212 objections filed against the plans, raising concerns about “inadequate” parking and road safety, and the proliferation of HMOs in the region.
There are 23 HMOs in the Medlock Vale neighborhood of Oldham, according to the officer’s report.
Residents were also concerned about the possible increase in crime and anti-social behavior, inadequate amenities for future HMO occupants, the impact on the character of the neighborhood and loss of privacy.
The building proposed for conversion to a new HMO is primarily surrounded by residential accommodation, sitting next to a funeral director on Ashton Road.
In the report submitted to the committee, case officer Abiola Labisi said: âThe proposed development would put this underused building back into active service to provide additional housing to meet the specific accommodation needs of groups of people in need. of this type of accommodation. .
âA significant number of representations have been received regarding potential crimes and anti-social behavior and an alleged proliferation of HMO housing in the area.
âThere is no evidence to suggest that the number of HMOs in the local area is of such magnitude that it has resulted in a significant change in the character of the local area which will continue to contain a mixture of properties to meet a range of accommodation needs.
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âTherefore, such general concerns would not justify denying the application. “
According to the plans of the applicant Mr. P Awan, the main building modification works would be the replacement of the roller shutter doors on the ground floor with windows and new windows on the rear elevation.
Each of the bedrooms would have an en-suite bathroom and would range from 16.7 mÂ² to 27.5 mÂ².
Two kitchen and dining sets would be provided, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor.
A bicycle room, a garbage room and an occupants’ amenity area will be set up on the ground floor.
The applicant also proposed that an owner antisocial behavior management plan be prepared for the program to reduce any antisocial behavior.