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Appeal: Two more bedrooms for 16-bed HMO would harm living conditions

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An inspector has refused permission for a basement conversion in Leamington Spa that would add two more bedrooms to a 16-bed HMO, ruling that the ‘oppressive outlook’ from the new bedrooms would cause unacceptable living conditions.

The appeal relates to a detached villa-style property in Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. Permission was granted in 2011 to convert the building into a 16-bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO) for use by students of nearby Warwick University.The proposal would see the HMO’s capacity increased to 18 bedrooms by converting its basement, with two enlarged lightwells to the front of the........
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