Student house row continues

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THE developer behind a controversial student house has appealed against a ruling blocking the plans.

Residents were relieved when councillors turned down plans to transform the vacant Beechcroft residential home into a “house of multiple occupancy” for 14 students and young professionals.

Neighbours feared students occupying the Thornholme Road property would have caused late-night noise and nuisance and there were 27 objections submitted to the scheme.

Councillors turned it down for planning permission in December due to the potential disturbance and over-intensive use of the building.

The applicant, Anthony Hipkin, has now appealed against the decision to reject the project – which would have had a property manager and “noise control” policy.

An officer from the Planning Inspectorate will now examine the application.

In a letter to councillors considering the application at the end of last year, Mr Hipkin warned that leaving the building empty may attract squatters or drug users.

The property has been on the market since December 2009 and it has failed to sell at auction. Mr Hipkin said he cared about the neighbourhood and was at a loss as to what else to do with the property.