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Councillors decide on student homes plan

Homes for 11 students are due to be passed

Ormskirk town centre

Plans for two student homes in Ormskirk are due to be passed by councillors at West Lancashire Borough Council planning committee on May 8.

The first application is for a five-bedroomed house on Southport Road to be changed into a house of multiple occupation for five people.

There have been four objections submitted to the council regarding the application from existing residents.

Their objections state that there is  lack of parking and that there will be an impact on highway safety.

Residents also suggest that the property will create noise and disturbance and that a further student property will impact on  the character of the area.

However, under the council’s local plan housing policies, the student home should be allowed as  students occupy less than 5% of the homes on the street.

In the report to councillors, the planning officer said: “I do not consider the introduction of a further HMO within this area would lead to an over-concentration of such properties in the vicinity of the site or would be detrimental to the amenities of the area.”

The second application to be discussed is for two self-contained apartments on County Road to be changed into student accommodation for six people.

There will be two flats with three bedrooms in each, with three parking spaces to also be constructed.

Previously, the applicant has applied for the property to be converted into 10 en-suite bedrooms with two communal living rooms and a work study area.

This was refused in 2011 because of insufficient parking spaces and because the land could be used for employment use instead.

The current application is due to be approved, however because the highway issues have been resolved and the road is currently under-occupied by students – being well below the 10% limit.

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