HMO Variation of Condition, 19 St Catherines, Lincoln
Globe were contacted by local architects, John Roberts Architects, on behalf of their client, Bond Housing Group (Lincoln) Ltd to progress a planning appeal following the refusal of an application to vary a condition relating to occupancy. This was applied to an approved change of use of the premises from a GP surgery to a substantial house in multiple occupation. The key issue here was the client’s desire to allow a minor number of rooms to be occupied by couples.
Globe assessed the original approval for the change of use, alongside the subsequent refusal to vary the occupancy condition and constructed a case upon which to base the appeal. The issue was simply the potential impact of a minor increase in residents arising from rooms large enough to be double occupancy, which were restricted to single occupancy by condition. We felt that this was unreasonable and, as there were no increases in rooms being, let the ample car parking would cater for this change. We presented this case to the Inspector concluding that there could be no robust reason for the refusal and, actually, the restriction ran counter to the objective of social cohesion and balanced communities.
The Inspector agreed with the case presented and varied the condition to a form that was consistent with the suggested wording put forward by Globe.