We, the undersigned, call upon Bristol City Council, to accept this petition as our collective testimony in objection to planning application number 21/01037/F.
There are a series of unexpired planning applications for the plot that will increase the overall occupancy from 8 to 19 people. This application alone will increase occupancy within the building from 8 to 17. The design had been developed to enable switching back to a HMO in the future (as acknowledged in Fenton’s report). It appears the application is a cynical attempt to circumvent current HMO restrictions in this Ward and make a mockery of the planning process. The density of HMO’s in the area already far exceeds the 10%.
The development contravenes Material Planning Considerations in that:
- the finished building will be overbearing and will not fit in with the style of housing in Highbury Road and the surrounding area.
- It will cause significant noise pollution with up to 19 people allowed to live in such a confined space.
- It would cause significant Traffic, Access and Highway Safety issues, as well as damaging the value of surrounding properties.
- It will place additional burdens on local services.
- Litter is already an issue that has been subject to complaints to the Council. This will be exacerbated if the development is to go ahead.
- There is already a growing number of complaints regarding noise, unsociable behaviour and environmental issues regarding HMO’s in the local neighbourhood.
- The Council has already acknowledged the negative impact on the saturation of multiple housing in the area undermining the fabric of the neighbourhood and the sustainability of the community. This development is aimed at a transient population, which with their associated guests will compound the issue.
- The Council has already approved the demolition of garage space and there is no provision for parking, and no roadside capacity at this time. It is highly likely that some of the 19 occupants on the plot will drive and therefore increase emissions and congestion.
- In summary, we believe that it will harm the character and neighbourliness we have worked hard to build in our community, and cause further difficulties for amenities due to the disproportionate burden that HMO’s place on parking, waste, litter collection and other services.
We respectfully request that you reject this planning application and any further such request on this building.