A vacant property “in a state of disrepair” in Rhosddu could be converted into a HMO.
In an application submitted to Wrexham Council it has been proposed that the ‘building known as No. 36 Rhosddu Road’ is converted into a one bedroom self-contained flat and a five bedroom house of multiple occupation (HMO).
The property itself is described in the application’s design and access statement as a three storey, Victorian mid-terrace dwelling that has been vacant for sometime and lies in a state of disrepair. It is located along Rhosddu Road, across the way from the park.
At present the building consists of a living room, dining room and a former kitchen and shower room at basement level. Two bedrooms and a further kitchen area are on the ground floor entrance level and a further three bedrooms and bathroom at the first level.
However if the application is approved there would be a remodelling of the building, which would include the installation of a new external staircase to provide access to the basement level. This would lead to a one bedroom apartment consisting of a kitchen and dining area, large living room, bedroom, shower room and utility.
The ground floor would be converted into the HMO element, comprising of three bedrooms and a communal bathroom. On the first floor there would be two further bedrooms with an en suite and a communal kitchen.
It is noted that “there is ample space internally to accommodate all of the accommodation applied for and the dwelling complies with all of the council’s requirements for minimum room sizes for HMOs.”
The design and access statement concludes: “The conversion of the building as stated above (in the application), will provide more affordable accommodation, with will be in higher demand and is better suited to the area and in line with other properties in the terrace.
“As there are very little external alterations to the building and it has been demonstrated that the proposal will now place a bigger burden on off parking parking that is already present, it is not felt that the proposals will have a detrimental effect on the building, or the surrounding area.
“We therefore feel that the planning application should be looked upon favourably and there are no justifiable reasons for refusal.”
The application is expected to be considered at a later date.