Controversial plans to expand an HMO in Portsmouth are refused

PLANS to expand a shared home in the city have been rejected amid concerns over living conditions.

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 3:23 pm

Portsmouth councillors unanimously refused proposals to convert 3 Pains Road, in Southsea, from a six-bedroom house in multiple occupancy (HMO) to a seven-bedroom HMO during a virtual planning meeting yesterday (February 23).

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Councillor Lee Hunt had worries over the conditions for potential tenants of the home. ‘I think it should be refused for these conditions,’ he said.

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3 Pains Road in Southsea, which was refused permission to be converted from a six-bedroom to seven-bedroom HMO. Picture Google Maps

‘In my opinion it contravenes our guidelines. The kitchen is long and narrow leading to the communal space meaning the occupier of room seven will have to awkwardly negotiate the space to get to the communal area.’

As reported, the application had garnered more than 117 objections from residents in the area, which has a high proportion of HMOs.

A deputation from the East St Thomas Residents Forum read at the meeting said: ‘This particular application embodies all that is wrong with these super-HMOs where developers take a good size dwelling and remodel to cram in more people in low quality accommodation.’

However, the applicant Simon Birmingham said: ‘The building was in a run-down state when I purchased it. I have spent in excess of £100,000 to renovate it and provide high-quality accommodation for students.’

3 Pains Road in Southsea, Portsmouth Picture Google Maps

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