Plans for a seven bedroom HMO adjacent to the former Buckley Church are supported for approval

Plans to construct a seven bedroom multi family home (HMO) adjacent to a former church are pending approval.

In March an application was made to convert an existing house on Brunswick Road in Buckley, known as the ‘Priest House’.

The building is adjacent to the Roman Catholic presbytery, which is currently being converted into two new houses.

Walsh Investment Properties, which is behind the proposals, said the HMO would offer tenants “quality” accommodation.

Two local councilors have raised concerns that the property could be overcrowded, leading to problems with parking and bin storage.

In a joint letter to Flintshire Council, Cllrs Mike Peers and Dennis Hutchinson expressed fears that up to 14 residents could be crammed into the house.

However, the scheme has now been endorsed by a senior local authority official, who has suggested capping the number of tenants.

In a report, Chief Planning Officer Andrew Farrow said: “The proposed use is residential and is in a sustainable area suitable for this type of use. There are no political objections to the proposal.

“I do not think the proposal would unacceptably increase parking needs given the number covered by the HMO and the existing local transport options.

“Local members indicate that a seven-bedroom HMO could potentially accommodate 14 adults.

“To ensure residency is maintained at a more reasonable level given the size of the property and proximity to neighbours, it is proposed that a single occupancy requirement apply to each permit.

“The proposal is acceptable in terms of the guidelines of the development plan and other significant considerations and I commend it accordingly.”

The application will be considered at a Council Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday (6 July 2022).

Liam Randall – Reporter for Local Democracy (more here).

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