The Forest Hill Society has written to object to a recent planning application at 59-61 Dartmouth Road
I am writing on behalf of the Forest Hill Society regarding the proposed development at 59-61 DARTMOUTH ROAD, application DC/21/121195: The construction of an additional storey at 59-61 Dartmouth Road, SE23 together with an additional storey on the existing rear projection at No. 61, a four storey enclosed stairwell to the rear of No.59 and rear dormers to provide a 5 person HMO, 1x two bedroom and 1x three bedroom self-contained units and all associated works.
Recently we have been made aware of aspects of this application that we cannot support, and we wish to register our objection to this application.
The plans and application form state that the first floor of this property is an HMO. There is no record of a previous planning application for this change of use in a conservation area, nor is this property registered with Lewisham Council as an HMO. The application states that there is existing permitted use for C4 (HMO) for 131.7m. We believe this to be inaccurate information that significantly changes the nature of this application.
This planning application should be considered with reference to Lewisham Local Plan DM policy 6
DM Policy 6 - Houses in multiple occupation (HMOs)
1. The Council will only consider the provision of new Houses in Multiple
Occupation where they:
a. are located in an area with a public transport accessibility level (PTAL) of 3 or higher
b. do not give rise to any significant amenity impact(s) on the surrounding neighbourhood
c. do not result in the loss of existing larger housing suitable for family occupation
The conversion that has already been made (without planning permission) has resulted in the loss of an existing larger housing suitable for family occupation. There have also been numerous reports by neighbouring residents and shopkeepers of anti-social and criminal behaviour in and around the existing HMO.
The addition of two units above a poorly managed HMO would make it unsuitable for families due to the existing anti-social behaviour, as a result there continues to be a net loss of family housing on this site, which goes against planning policy.
For the reasons set out above, we would encourage Lewisham Council to refuse this planning application.