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Appeal: Student banter would ‘inevitably’ disrupt residents


Plans to convert a home in a residential area to a student house in multiple occupation (HMO) have been refused after an inspector ruled that student tenants meant “loud banter” and “on occasion, boisterous and antisocial behaviour" was inevitable.

The three-bed semi-detached house on a large estate near Edge Hill University is of the type that is “attractive to families”, according to inspector Mark Dakeyne. According to existing residents, most nearby houses are occupied by young families and elderly people, although there are a number of HMOs dotted around the estate.West Lancashire Borough Council initially blocked the........
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