Short-term residential housing projects in Haxby Road, York, are facing opposition.
Charlotte Harrison is looking to change the use of a two storey building used for auxiliary storage at 40 Haxby Road. Visual changes are described as “minimal”.
The planning application stated: ‘The auxiliary building was previously part of a larger building used as a commercial workshop from 1960 to 2002 for the repair of bicycles and was used in conjunction with a former bicycle shop at 46 and 48 Haxby Road. The building underwent a “change of use” into storage for residences 40, 44, 46 and 48 and was sold in separate lots in 2007.
“We bought the property in early 2009 and have used it for home storage ever since. In October 2009 the owner adjacent to No 42 successfully applied for a ‘change of use’ from storage to accommodation. This has been used as short term residential accommodation since 2010 when the work was completed.
“In addition, No. 5 Markham St, which shares a boundary with the site, is a guest house called Thornfield House Bed and Breakfast.”
However, the Guildhall Planning Panel commented: “We are concerned that this overdevelopment under the guise of short-term rental with little natural light and windows provided may be unsuitable for the site. Additional traffic and parking is a concern.