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More new flats for Leamington but one HMO refused

Warwick District Council's planning committee have been debating several HMO applications.

Warwick District Council's planning committee have been debating several HMO applications.

A Grade II listed Regency-style building in Leamington’s town centre will be converted into a block of flats and a small house.

Councillors on Warwick District Council’s planning committee have voted in favour of Yarnold Properties’ proposal to convert the former Windsor Club in Warwick Street into eight flats and a mews house.

Although Warwickshire County Council’s highways department pointed out that there is no off-site parking for future residents, the plan was given permission. Planning officer Rob Young had pointed out to councillors that the building will be resuming its original use as a residential property.

Meanwhile, an application by a private landlord to convert a house in Leicester Street, also in the town centre, into a four-bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO) was refused, as councillors felt there are too many such homes in the area.

In November the council created a planning policy for HMOs and student accommodation, which requires that applications to create such homes should only be granted permission if the proportion of HMOs within a 100m radius of the proposed site is lower than ten per cent. The figure for this site is nine per cent.

Another application in Henley Street in Leamington’s Old Town resulted in councillors approving a plan by the Waterloo Housing Group to demolish a block of 47 garages - most of which are unused - and build seven houses, all of which would be classed as ‘affordable’ housing.

 

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