DLP Planning Ltd have successfully overturned the decision of South Gloucestershire Council and secured planning permission for an additional bedroom within a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the Stoke Park area of South Gloucestershire. The Appeal Inspector also awarded the appellants full costs.
Despite meeting both the private and communal space requirements for a 9 bed HMO, the Council refused the application on grounds that it would mean over intensification of the occupation of the planning unit. The functionality of the bicycle and bin storage area also formed part of the reason for refusal.
The HMO in question had already seen an increase from 7 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms in March 2016. As part of the new 9 bed application the applicant was able to utilise the same size bike rack that had been conditioned as part of the previous planning permission.
DLP successfully argued that the house was capable of meeting the required HMO space standards and that the bin and bicycle storage area could accommodate the necessary waste and recycling bins together with a 9 bike parking rack.
The Inspector determined that the appeal should be allowed, subject to conditions. Costs were also awarded to the appellant, with the Inspector concluding that the Council had acted unreasonably.