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Privacy fears over ‘bedroom tax’ flats

Planners have delayed a bid by Helena Partnerships to convert a house into flats over fears it will impinge on neighbours' privacy

Planners have delayed a bid by Helena Partnerships to convert a house into flats over fears it will impinge on neighbours' privacy

Plans to convert a house into flats to help tenants avoid the bedroom tax have been put on hold after residents complained about loss of privacy.

Helena Partnerships want to convert a semi-detached house on Hillside Avenue, Dentons Green, into two flats.

Although the planned works required almost no change to the outside of the property, councillors on St Helens Council’s planning committee meeting last week voted to defer the application.

They want the interior lay-out changed so a living room is not at the back of a first floor after concerns the plan would infringe on neighbours’ privacy.

Local resident Erica French also told the planning committee of neighbours’ concerns about parking - in an already congested area - as only one parking space had been allocated to the property in the plans.

She said: “If this proposal was to be given the go-ahead we would ask Helena to consider the profile of the area. There are lots of elderly residents and families around there.”

Coun Allan Jones also expressed concerns about the type of residents that Helena could allocate to the flats.

“Residents have legitimate reasons to oppose this application,” he said.

“We can’t keep granting planning permission against residents’ wishes.

“They are who we are here to represent.”

Coun Sophie Robinson added: “Parking is an issue in this area.” By a margin of 11 votes to two, councillors voted to request the plans to be changed so that the first floor living room is created at the front of the property.”

 

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