Plans to turn a house in Patchway into seven bedsits have been approved.
South Gloucestershire Council development management committee granted permission for the two-storey property in Falcon Drive despite objections from the town council and 32 residents amid fears it would worsen existing “exasperated” parking problems.
Members heard neighbours were concerned that there were already too many houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in the area but planning officers who advised giving the green light said there were none at all within 100 metres so the proposals met the local authority’s policy.
The meeting was told four residents would be expected to have cars and that there were three off-street parking spaces.
Highways officer Chris Rose said that although surveys showed there was no spare parking in Falcon Drive or Swallow Drive, there were available spaces within 200 metres in Coniston Road and Stroud Road.
He said: “We are satisfied there is enough spare capacity to accommodate that additional car parking space.”
Officers had refused consent for two applications from the owners in the last couple of years for an HMO for up to eight people because of concerns about living space.
The plans will mean the “back-to-front” house, which currently has five bedrooms and has
previously had a two-storey side extension and a single-storey rear extension, will have two more bedrooms and a bigger window on the ground floor.
Cllr June Bamford (Conservative, Hanham) said: “I can understand the residents don’t like HMOs and there has certainly been controversy with them in Filton but we can’t necessarily turn this down.
“We can’t quibble over the residential amenity space because it’s a very small reduction.”
Councillors approved the application by 8-0 votes with
By Adam Postans, Local Democracy Reporter