Bid to convert student accommodation into HMO rejected - The Leamington Observer

Bid to convert student accommodation into HMO rejected

Leamington Editorial 5th Mar, 2020   0

ECO-friendly plans to convert student accommodation into a HMO have been refused.

Warwick District Council’s planning committee turned down the application by the owners of the 47-bedroomed apartment block on Moss Street, off Radford Road.

They hoped to allow it to be used by both students and professionals and said while no more rent would be charged or profit made, it would mean nine electric vehicle charging points would not go to waste.

Since Moss House and Moss Yard were built between 2017 and 2019 on the former site of Spa Heating and Kirkdale Builders Yard the charging points have not been used.

But the owners believed with district council declaring a climate emergency they could help.

A spokesman said: “We would be no better off financially by doing this but currently just having students with no electric vehicles is a waste of these charging points.

“These could help with the climate emergency situation in Warwick district.”

Despite 11 letters of support and the backing of a local councillor, the application was refused at a planning meeting yesterday.

Council officers said it would have impact parking in the area.

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