Objection to bedsits plan

DOWNEND & Bromley Heath Parish Council has publicly objected to plans to turn a terraced house in Downend Road into eight bedsits.

Innova Property Ltd wants to turn the three-bedroom, two-storey house into an eight-bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO) over three storeys.

The plan involves turning the ground floor front room into a bedroom, dividing the first floor front bedroom into two bedrooms to make four on that floor and adding a further three bedrooms in an L-shaped loft conversion.

The developer says the loft conversion counts as permitted development and all of the bedrooms would be larger than the 6.51sqm minimum required under council policy.

But the developer says there are no parking spaces on the site, which backs onto Christchurch Lane, and says a “zero-parking approach is also to be maintained for the proposed use”.

It says it will build a secure cycle store for eight bikes in the back garden.

The parish council has raised an objection on grounds of overdevelopment and no parking being provided.

No other objections had been received to the plans as the Voice went to print.

They can be found on the planning section of South Gloucestershire Council’s website by searching for application P23/00727/F.