Plans have been launched to expand a house of multiple occupancy located near the centre of Bolton.

The home on Park Road currently features six rooms which are used as a bedroom.

However plans have been launched to expand this to seven.

Applicants have said the impact on the nearby area would be minimal.

The plans have been lodged with Bolton Council for the planning committee to approve.

The proposal is to transform a room in the basement into a bedroom.

The applicants outlined the need to expand the amount of people living in the area.

They said in the design and access statement: “The location is excellent and is close to shops, pharmacies, GP surgeries, schools, businesses and public transport links.

“Quuens Park faces the property and university is close to this area.

“The area is therefore highly sustainable.

“There is a high demand in this area from single students and health workers and housing supply cannot meet the demand. Given the property is already a six bed HMO, it is considered that an additional room will not have a significant and unacceptable impact on the area.”

The developers also highlighted how the room in question was suitable to be turned into a bedroom.

They said: “The room size exceeds the minimum size for a single occupancy HMO room, being 21sqm and therefore almost 14sqm more than the minimum standard.

“It will also have its own bathroom immediately adjacent.

“The room is served by a lightwell which was an original feature of this type of building to provide both natural daylight and ventilation, usually to the servants quarters.

“The room will be furnished with a minimum of bed, bedside table, desk and wardrobe.

“The property has amenity space to the front and rear and has recently been refurbished to a high standard.

“There is a great deal of on street parking on the street and more than sufficient space for the storage of cycles and bins in the rear yard.”