Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 11, 2017

Ormskirk Lettings Appeal Over Marians Drive HMO Rejection

Ormskirk Lettings oslogo are appealing to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government following the decision by West Lancashire Borough Council to reject its application for a student HMO. The application was called before the October meeting of the Planning Committee by Cllr Kevin Wright to consider if the development is appropriate and meets the relevant criteria for clustering.

At the committee, following a motion from fellow Scott Ward Councillor Noel Delaney to reject the application, a majority of members voted to support the motion and block the conversion to a house in multiple occupation. Cllr Delaney requested support at the meeting for his motion ‘to think of the residents’ and to ‘take a stand’ against the application for a five bedroom HMO.

Cllr Delaney noel said “As the ward councillor, I was contacted by many local residents asking for help in turning down this application, all concerned by the potential for conversion to a student house. Residents expressed worries over parking and traffic on the road and impact on the amenity of local residents including young families and elderly residents within close proximity and the potential for anti-social and noise issues.

“The council is quite prohibited in what we can do to stem the growth of student houses into our more residential streets but I felt it was important to reject this particular application. With Edge Hill University bringing forward applications for more halls on campus to deal with student demand, I look forward to less and less applications for student housing within Ormskirk, and previous student houses converting back to family homes.”

Neighbouring properties to 73 Marians Drive have been notified of the appeal and can submit any additional comments to the Planning Inspectorate by visiting

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