THE HMO PLAN OF THE ROUTE DU CHÂTEAU COULD GET THE GREEN LIGHT DESPITE THE OBJECTIONS OF THE PREMISES – Island Echo
Planners have recommended the green light for a multiple occupancy house (HMO) in Carisbrooke – despite residents’ objections and a petition.
Two Saints, a Isle of Wight Council Homeless Path provider, seeks permission to turn Castle Lodge guesthouse, on Castle Road, into an 11-bed HMO for those trying to get out from the street. The nonprofit service said the HMO will provide supported affordable housing to those in need, reducing and preventing homelessness on the island.
Residents would not be placed in the housing directly from the street, but would be in stage 2 of the homeless route, introduced last November. At this point, the homeless are deemed ready to live independently and successfully, and are able to “thrive and not have a negative impact on the local community”.
However, the planning request was brought before the council planning committee by former ward member Councilor John Hobart, who raised concerns about adding to existing issues with a congregation of sleepers in the area. street, drug addicts and drinkers in the area as well as the anti-impact of social behavior on local families, and the number of inhabitants is too large.
A petition against the change in use has been signed by 27 residents of Castle Road, 69 people who have officially filed objections to the council’s planning register. Concerns were that this would negatively impact the quality of life of existing residents, the resilience and cohesion of the community, and a safe, secure and peaceful environment.
5 supportive comments were received, reflecting the island’s needs for affordable housing, HMOs and resources for the homeless.
The council’s housing needs service manager said if the proposal was not accepted there was a risk that the island would see an increase in the number of rough sleepers and single homeless people. Since 2015, the island has seen a 500% increase in the number of rough sleepers, from 4 in 2015 to 24 in 2018.
Hampshire Constabulary’s crime design officer said he supports the request, but only for residents at the appropriate stage of their recovery.
Council planning officers said it was clear from the housing needs manager’s comments and planning documents that the proposal would make an important and vital contribution to supporting strategies to meet the housing needs of the council. ‘Isle.
Officers said that while the concerns and fears of residents and others were fully recognized and appreciated, the HMO would complement, without negatively impacting, the residential character and appearance of the site and surrounding area.
5 conditions were attached to the proposed authorization, including no more than 12 residents in the HMO at a time and a management plan being submitted including details of security measures (CCTV), how residents would be selected and supported and how complaints would be handled with.
The decision will be made by the Isle of Wight Council Planning Committee on Monday, June 21.