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People object to Trecynon five-bedroom HMO plans

Llewellyn Street In Trecynon (Pic: Google Maps)

PEOPLE have objected to plans for a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) in the Cynon Valley.

The application for a property on Llewellyn Street, in Trecynon, proposes a change of use from a house to a five-bedroom HMO.

The conversion would be done mainly through internal alterations with no major external works proposed at the property.

It would have a kitchen, bathroom, living/dining room and bedroom on the ground floor, with four bedrooms and toilet on the first floor.

Amended plans have reduced the number of bedrooms from six to five, along with the removal of a proposed rear extension and some internal reconfiguration.

Letters of objection have been received from 15 people, with the main concerns including safety and security issues, a loss and change of character, potential anti-social behaviour, parking problems, noise and disturbance and a loss of privacy.

There are also concerns about the layout, inadequate accommodation, the number of occupants and a potential increase in refuse and food waste.

Concerns were also raised by councillors Ann Crimmings and Gareth Jones relating to an over-intensification of use of the site, lack of amenities and car parking issues.

There has been a written request from Cllr Crimmings for the application to be reported to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council (RCT)’s planning committee on Thursday, June 20.

In recommending approval, planning officers said in their report: “The application site is in a sustainable location with good access to public transport and key services and facilities which is considered acceptable.

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“The proposed residential use would be compatible with surrounding land uses and the application complies with relevant policies of the council’s HMO supplementary planning guidance.

“The site also relates to an existing building and the proposal would be residential in nature, which is considered acceptable.

“The proposal would not involve substantial external alterations and would not be considered to impact upon the character and appearance of the application property or upon the amenity and privacy of surrounding properties, nor would it have an adverse impact upon highway safety in the vicinity of the site.”

They also said HMOs have a key role to play in meeting housing need within the social rented sector and the proposal would provide additional accommodation.