Bridlington HMO plan refused by councillors

The building in Tennyson Avenue, Bridlington.
The building in Tennyson Avenue, Bridlington.

Councillors have turned down an application to turn a former care home into a house of multiple occupancy (HMO) – but the final decision will still be taken by a planning inspector.

The Eastern Area Planning Committee sitting in Beverley on Monday unanimously rejected the proposals – which had been recommended for approval by officers.

Applicants Tracy Hollwarth and Barrie Craven applied to change the use of the Birchdale Care Home on Tennyson Avenue in January, and appealed to the planning inspectorate after East Riding Council failed to determine the application within the statutory eight week period.

The decision will now be made on the basis of an exchange of written statements and a site visit by an inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

Coun Chad Chadwick, who sits on the committee, proposed that the application be refused.

He said: “The fact that I had received many local objections, added to the strong objections on the grounds of the AAP and also by the police – which I have not seen the like of in my 12 years on planning committees – I decided it best that I recommend that planning application be refused.

“The decision we have taken was quite resounding, it was 10-0, will now go to the inspector. You would like to think with the amount of reasons for refusal that the inspector would take note of that.”

The owners have since submitted a further application for the building, to change the use to a hotel. That has yet to be determined.

Plans for the 21-room building have attracted fierce opposition from locals, who fear it will be used by the homeless, immigrants and others with social problems and be of detriment of the town. The police and Bridlington Renaissance Partnership have also objected.

However Ms Hollwarth and Mr Craven have defended their development, and questioned the validity of the complaints – telling the Free Press that the site would be managed.