Plans to turn former pub into an HMO rejected by council

Plans to turn former pub into an HMO rejected by council

by Tom Martin (October 2021)

PLANS to turn a closed-down pub in Seaforth, into a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) have been rejected by Sefton Council.

The Champion reported in 2016 how some locals were unhappy after the former  Doric Pub, on Rawson Road, was renamed The Cock and Seaman.

It caused a stir not just in Seaforth, but also nationally with a number of newspapers across the country picking up on the story.

The pub was opened by a company called AtWill Pubs, who said the choice of name was in reference to the area due to the nearby location of the docks.

The pub closed in 2018 and a planning application was recently submitted to Sefton Council to turn it into a HMO containing ‘14 units.’

However, the plan was rejected by the local authority because “five of the rooms fail to provide adequate living conditions.”

A report by the council added that “there is a lack of space and cramped conditions with inadequate communal amenity space for the drying of clothes and informal outdoor recreation.”

There was also seven objections sent by local residents, which were supported by Cllr Paul Cummins and Cllr Veronica Webster.

The main reason for the opposition was concern over parking issues.

One resident said: “This proposal is not at all suitable for the area.

“The population density of this area is already too high and the local infrastructure can not cope with minimum number of additional people this proposal will provide to the area.

“It is already hard enough to get a doctors appointment at the local GP surgery.

“The additional traffic to the street will also cause problems of the local children to play.

“There will also be nowhere for the residents to park their cars.”

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