Development of apartments which would provide emergency accommodation refused due to ‘poor facilities’ issues


A planning application for the construction of a three-storey extension to a property on Lumb Lane to create six ‘multi-occupancy house’ apartments was submitted to Bradford Council in January.

If approved, the building could accommodate an additional 24 residents.

Formerly a Victorian pub called Perseverence, 161 Lumb Lane is already in use as HMO apartments.

An apartment development that would provide emergency and social housing has been refused planning permission, in part because it fears it will provide poor facilities for future residents.

Plans to extend the facility, submitted by a Mr Khan, have now been turned down by Bradford Council.

Planning officers said: ‘The Council’s housing standards team have assessed the proposed development and consider that the rooms do not meet the necessary space standards.

“The kitchens provided are too small to comfortably accommodate four people to cook and eat.

“The biggest concern with the proposed development is the general layout of the apartments, which is poor in terms of fire safety.

“All occupants in an emergency would walk through the living room to bedrooms and exits, which is unacceptable.

“The second floor layout is unacceptable due to the height of the building and the lack of any other means of escape.”

Highways officials have also raised concerns that the extension would effectively remove all parking on the site, while the additional flats would require more parking, not less.

And heritage officers feared the three-storey extension was ‘overbearing’ and ‘would damage the setting of the Grade II listed terraced properties of South Field Square’.


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