Knock-back: Liverpool councillor Tony Hadchiti said there were too many unknowns regarding a proposed Miller boarding house for it to gain his support. Picture: Simon BennettA DEVELOPMENT application for an 11-room boarding house in Miller was knocked back by all but one Liverpool councillor last week.
The councillors deemed the location, Collinsville Place, unfit for such a development.
They said it was too far away from public transport, had insufficient parking and was out of step with their future plans for the area.
The development would have seen the construction of 11 boarding rooms, each with its own bathroom and kitchen facilities.
It would also have included three common rooms, laundry and storage rooms and two parking spaces.
The intention was to make the rooms available to single lodgers for a maximum of three months.
Councillor Tony Hadchiti said there were too many “unknowns” associated with the application.
“I have got nothing whatsoever against affordable housing,” he said. “It is important and is needed, and I am happy to look at proposals of affordable housing.
“With this development application itself, there was just too many unknowns. It was not just the lack of parking, it was the location, being in a cul-de-sac.
“When you look at the vision for that entire area, it is high density and that means unit blocks.”
Cr Hadchiti said he was concerned the boarding houses was to be privately run.
“It is a low socio-economic area and all of a sudden we would be putting another 11 rooms in there without knowing who runs it, how they run it and who would live there,” he said.
Despite the development being refused, the councillors have encouraged the applicant to return with a new design.
“We didn’t want to say to the applicant, ‘Go away we never want to see you again’,” Cr Hadchiti said.
“But rather, ‘Yes we would love to see something in that area but give us another design and we will look at it’.”
Councillor Anne Stanley was the only councillor who voted for the application.
“I was really disappointed with the way that it was dealt with and everyone’s attitude,” she said.
“We need a whole range of different types of housing in Liverpool.
“It is wonderful that the applicant had the foresight to come up with something like this.”
Cr Stanley said Miller needed this type of affordable housing.
“People need to be able to have somewhere that is affordable, gives them a bed and keeps them safe.”
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