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Objections To Turn Former Scarborough Care Home Into HMO

Objections To Turn Former Scarborough Care Home Into HMO

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 10:53am 16th October 2019.

A proposal to turn a former care home in Scarborough into a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) has provoked reaction from local residents.

More than 70 people have objected to plans from Artz Ltd to convert Harewood House at 47 West Street into a property to house up to 30 people.

The objectors are concerned about the number of HMOs in the area and also about the increase in parking and traffic it could bring.

Fantasia Leisure Ltd, which would manage the HMO if it were to be granted permission, says in its supporting information that overseas workers would be housed in the building.

It adds:

“Fantasia currently is inundated with inquiries for working people from overseas looking for accommodation in Scarborough.”

The company added that it had recently been asked if it could find accommodation for 200 workers in the area.

A number of the objectors, in their letters to the council, bring up the case of the Breece, a former hotel in West Street that later became an HMO.

In 2014 a court ordered the closure of the Breece following more than 50 anti-social behavior complaints and allegations of stabbings and rape at the premises.

One objector wrote:

“The Breece was a sizeable HMO and subsequent amendments were made to the relevant section of the Local Plan to provide powers to restrict the size of HMOs and control their location to avoid ‘clustering’.

It was deemed appropriate that the maximum number [of occupants] should be 10. The proposed number of occupants for Harewood House greatly exceeds this number.

Furthermore, such a development would greatly increase the number of HMO buildings and occupants in this area. The proposed site is close to three existing HMOs, the largest of which has made an application to significantly increase its numbers.”

Scarborough Civic Society has also objected to the plans, saying that, if granted, the number of tenants in HMOs in the area would double. It adds that it would also detract from the character of the Conservation Area.

The Harewood House care home closed in 2017 and despite two auctions being held no buyer has yet been found to take over the property.


There are 2 comments on this page.

Fileyman, on 16th October 2019 10:58am
Interesting the number of objections.

Have the objectors not seen the story elsewhere on these pages from SBC regarding finding homes for refugees.

Perfect property for them.
Mr Hedgehog, on 17th October 2019 9:14pm
Yes. They have also lived though another HMO (The Breece) which started as housing for foreign workers and within a couple of years had switched to people drinking and drugtaking in the square in front. Leaning out of 3rd floor windows to have screaming conversations with thier visitors who stood outside on the street or sometimes just shouting obscenities at passer-bys. Not to mention the ruined state the building got into. Totally ruined a square that used to have old people and families playing in it.
Not again thank you. Maybe the refugees can go to Filey?

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