Controversial Westhoughton house plan approved
CONTROVERSIAL plans to transform a home into a house share for five adults have been approved.
The home, in Wayfaring, Westhoughton, has been rented out to four people for the past four years.
But the owner wanted to transform the garage into an extra bedroom.
The landlord was granted planning permission for a garage to be built more than 10 years ago.
But a further application was submitted and requested that a condition placed by Bolton Council to retain the garage was lifted.
Members of Bolton Council’s planning committee voted in favour of the proposal at the planning committee at Bolton Town Hall.
Conditions were placed permitting the development providing it started with three years. Two car parking spaces must be provided to ensure the road is clear of cars.
Neighbours objected to it being a house of multiple occupation (HMO) due to fears it would have an impact on their house prices and that there would be parking problems which would result in an increased risk of collisions and overcrowding.
Councillors on Westhoughton Town Council unanimously recommended refusal for the plan.
Residents attended the council meeting to express their concerns.
Cllr Phil Ashcroft, for White Horse Ward, said at the meeting that the condition should remain in place unless a further cat parking space was provided.
The landlord previously said that house sharing in Bolton is very common and only people who pass the council’s accreditation scheme would be allowed to rent a room.
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