PLANS for a student home on Burscough Street, Ormskirk, have been met with fierce opposition from councillors and residents, ahead of the proposal going before the planning committee tonight.
Cllrs John Hodson and Kevin Wright have both requested the application was referred to the committee after concerns were raised about residential amenity.
Seven neighbours have raised objections to the proposal commenting that Burscough Street is already over the percentage limit for houses of multiple occupation (HMOs).
The neighbouring roads also have a large percentage of HMOs and residents have complained about a lack of car parking and say the general character of the street has declined as anti-social behaviour from students has risen.
The application concerns a mid-terrace property in between two existing HMOs to house four people. A policy imposes limits on the amount of HMOs permitted in each street.
The limit for Burscough Street is 10% but currently 20% of the street is designated student housing and a further HMO would not be permitted unless there are compelling reasons to allow the limit to be exceeded.
The property was formerly occupied by a young family who moved because they were sandwiched between the two student properties.
The property was on the market for several months before finally being bought by a landlord who is now applying for planning permission.
The author of the report to committee states that he believes the “compelling reasons” test applies to the property in this instance and has recommended that the application be granted.
West Lancs councillors will decide whether or not to grant permission tonight.