(adapted form a confirmation email from Edinburgh Council)
Comments were submitted at 8:42 PM on 07 July 2019 from Julian Siann [LCCC’s planning convenor]
- Address: 221 Ferry Road Edinburgh EH6 4NN
- Proposal: Proposed change of use from Class 7 hotel to 19 bedroom (maximum 30 person occupancy) house of multiple occupation and associated internal and external alterations
- Case Officer: Alexander Calderwood
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- Name: Julian Siann
- Email: <personal email address redacted by LCCC webmaster>
- Address: <personal address redacted by LCCC webmaster>
- Commenter type: Community Council
- Stance: Customer objects to the Planning Application
As a community council we wish to object to this change of use from a hotel to a HMO on the following grounds:
- The area is a quiet residential area and our attention has been drawn in the past to the disturbance caused at a similar type of development in the area.
- According to spokesmen in the property market, the Ferry road area is not considered to be a suitable location for a HMO. This is because it is unsuitable for a large sector of the market used by students, as it is not conveniently placed for colleges and universities in Edinburgh.
- The increase in the residential capacity is bound to cause more pressure on public services, more noise and disturbance to the local residents than the occasional event in the present hotel.
- The change appears to be contrary to the Local Development Plan which states under Policy Hou7 that that conversion to an HMO should be assessed in the context of the prevailing housing mix and the fact that it is in a Conservation Area.
- There will be a loss of amenity to the community as a whole with the conversion from a hotel to a HMO.