A FORMER guest house could become a permanent home for eight people.
A planning application has been submitted to Sunderland City Council to turn Brookside Guest House, Brookside Terrace, into a house of multiple of occupation (HMO).
The proposal to change the use of the vacant three-storey building has been made by its owner, Sally Spencer, of Roxburghshire, Scotland.
However, it could face objections from people in the community.
The residents’ association in Ashbrooke is said to be canvassing opinion on the scheme.
One resident has already filed an official objection with the council.
Ken Smithson wrote: “In this case, yet another HMO in an area beginning to be dominated by them is yet another backward step for families in Ashbrooke.
“The problems with other Brookside Terrace houses have been well-documented and residents are being forced to accept another.”
He added: “This area is being helped to decline by the very people who should be protecting it.
“Ashbrooke is supposed to be a conservation area after all.”
The public consultation runs until February 23.