Walsall home to be converted into flats
Planners have given the green light to a developer to convert a large Walsall house into five new flats.
The five-bedroomed property in Birmingham Road is currently being used as a ‘house of multiple occupation’ (HMO) but applicant Asim Ali said he is struggling to fill the available rooms.
Agents representing Mr Ali added that creating five self-contained flats would help address a shortage of such accommodation in Walsall.
The plan, which will also see five car parking spaces created at the front and two in a rear detached garage, was approved by Walsall Council planners.
In the application, agents BSP Design said: “Currently the property is being used as a five Bed HMO, but our client is finding it extremely difficult to keep the occupancy levels completely full.
“Tenants tend to come and go meaning the property is usually 70 per cent occupied. In light of this our client feels the property lends itself to conversion for self-contained studio flats.
“There is a real shortage of accommodation within Walsall town and country as a whole. The government is committed in increasing the supply of housing.
“It is committed to a raft of reforms designed to address the chronic under supply of housing.”
The agents added: “The proposed change of use to self-contained flats will inevitably improve the rental and saleable potential of the property. The target market is single professionals or young couples.
“By creating flats there will be no need to share communal facilities which is not very desirable, and is usually the major concern and problem with a HMO
scheme, which results in a higher turnaround of occupiers and less stable residents. Our client is looking to move away from this type of tenant.
“The proposed scheme will not only meet essential housing needs but it will also allow the comprehensive refurbishment of the entire building and site, which is currently in need of modernisation.”
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