Plans to convert derelict eyesore in Worting Road into 11-bed shared home (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Plans to convert derelict eyesore in Worting Road into 11-bed shared home
A DERELICT house that has been empty for the past nine years will be converted into an 11-bed shared home.
89 Worting Road, in Brookvale, Basingstoke, will be converted into a house of multiple occupation after planning permission was granted by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s development control committee last week.
The eyesore, which is currently boarded up and falling into disrepair, will have 11 bedrooms over three floors. There will be a shared kitchen and dining room on the first floor and small communal garden.
Borough council planning chiefs approved, by a majority, the ‘change of use’ application as well as plans for a two-storey rear extension, a loft conversion and on-site parking for eight cars.
Committee member Councillor David Leeks welcomed the plan. “If you went into Basingstoke town centre and said name an empty building, this would come up as priority number one,” he said.
“This is an eyesore and it has been an eyesore for a long, long time, and it needs to come back into the fold and be used.”
Earlier in the meeting, Labour’s Brookvale and Kings Furlong councillor Jack Cousens, who represents the area, urged the committee to reduce the number of planned rooms because there was not enough parking for tenants, and said that excessive noise would disrupt neighbours. “Parking is another area where residents feel that approving this application as it stands would have an adverse impact on the immediate neighbourhood,” he said.
“The application has provision for eight parking spaces – the remainder will be street parking. It will become a free for all when it comes to parking.”
But Liberal Democrat Cllr John Shaw, who also represents the ward, supported a study by survey firm Intelligent Data – who were commissioned by the applicant – which showed there was plenty of free on-street parking spaces in Atwood Close.
“This is the best and most practical proposal that has emerged for some time,” he said.
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