Hatfield house of multiple occupation proposal rejected
PUBLISHED: 09:25 05 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:25 05 February 2019
A proposal for a house of multiple occupation in Hatfield has been rejected by councillors.
Applicant Mr M Joglu applied to Welwyn Hatfield Council for a change of use of 8 Lark Rise in Hatfield.
He wanted to provide six bedrooms at the property.
In a decision statement, the council pointed out that the change would “result in the concentration of houses in multiple occupation exceeding 20 percent of the total number of dwellings within a 50 metre radius of the application site”.
The council continued: “The application therefore fails to maintain an appropriate balance and variety of residential properties within the locality and the resulting imbalance in the community would have a material and harmful effect on the character of the area.”
There was also concern over the internal layout, which the council felt would result in “unsatisfactory living conditions”.
Hatfield Town Council strongly opposed the plans, saying there were already too many HMOs in this area and in this property only one bathroom had been provided.