Plans to use a large residential property on the edge of Clacton Town Centre for a house of multiple occupation (HMO) have been rejected.
The scheme for Wellesley Road was put forward by Stef and Philips with the aim to accommodate six adults in six bedrooms with a shared kitchen area.
The property has been refurbished but Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Planning Committee refused to grant permission last night.
They voted unanimously to reject the proposal on the grounds that it only provided a maximum of two parking spaces for six residents.
Essex County Council (ECC) as the highways authority objected to the plans on the same grounds and the fact it would lead to more parking on the road with possible safety implications.
Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, addressed the meeting and said that the proposal was unacceptable.
“ECC oppose the application and it is clear that there is a lack of parking provided at the site,” he said.
“This property is in a road where there is already a cluster of other HMOs and we as a Council have adopted an Article 4 Direction to control the proliferation of HMOs in the District and the effect that they can have.”
Cllr Honeywood said the development had the potential to expose vulnerable people to drugs, gangs and exploitation.
Members of the Planning Committee heard that the building had previously been used as an HMO without planning permission.
TDC took enforcement action against that use and it had since ceased and had been empty ever since.
Elsewhere in the country the change of use would not require permission but that is not the case in Tendring due to the adoption of the Article 4 Direction.