Student let expansion approved despite 'ghetto' claims from residents

Worcester News: Student let: backed by the city council's planning committee Student let: backed by the city council's planning committee

A STUDENT property in St John's has won permission to expand - despite 27 objections from furious residents about litter, congestion and late night parties.

Worcester City Council's planning committee has agreed that 91 Comer Road can become an eight-bed student let rather than six beds.

The relatively minor change was voted through despite fierce objection from the local community and all three city councillors representing St Johns.

Ahead of the meeting people living in three different streets had urged them to reject it, and one turned up at the committee to speak.

Alan John, who lives in Comer Road, said students have had "a dramatic impact" on St John's and "the character of the area is being eroded".

"I've lived here for 24 years and raised my family here," he said.

"There are already a significant number of multiple-let properties in the area, this is neither necessary or justified."

Among the letters was one from resident Graham Galbraith, who said: "It is apparent to everyone, house-owning residents and observers that Comer Road is already over-populated by students."

He said street parking is now "impossible" and St John's was "sliding into a ghetto-like state".

Fellow neighbour Peter Davis wrote that litter, "drunken arguments" in the early hours, other noise and congestion has become typical.

Others cited frequent slamming of doors from taxis, partying and the placing of refuse bins as other problems.

Three councillors objected including Councillor Richard Udall, who warned about "damaging long term consequences" to St John's because of rapid growth in student lets. During the meeting Russell Milner, the landlord, turned up to speak and said: "I don't see car use as increasing - it's too expensive to run a car anyway, most students walk or cycle.

"Many of the neighbours have my number and I've never had one complaint."

He said it first because a student house just over three years ago and he was prepared to act upon any complaints if he gets them.

From next month the city council is bringing in a new rule called Article 4, which means student or multiple let housing will be limited to 10 per cent of a ward's total property stock.

During the committee meeting, councillors were told it would have made no difference with this application as it is already a student house.

Councillor Paul Denham said: "I absolutely understand the concerns of local people, which is why we're bringing in these rules.

"But it wouldn't change a thing here. This is two extra people in a very large building, we've got no powers or reasonable grounds to refuse it."

Councillor Andy Roberts said: "One planning objection we have to consider is 'overtensification', but this doesn't appear to be the case here as it's two extra bedrooms."

It was voted through unanimously.

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2:04pm Tue 1 Jul 14

MUFC2501 says...

How much more student accommodation does Worcester need?!?!
How much more student accommodation does Worcester need?!?! MUFC2501
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2:28pm Tue 1 Jul 14

truth must out says...

MUFC2501 wrote:
How much more student accommodation does Worcester need?!?!
10,000 students take up a lot of room...........nice to see everyone likes to see progress in the city!! I used to live near Aston University and there were students everywhere........we just got on with life, no moaning or being NIMBYs.
[quote][p][bold]MUFC2501[/bold] wrote: How much more student accommodation does Worcester need?!?![/p][/quote]10,000 students take up a lot of room...........nice to see everyone likes to see progress in the city!! I used to live near Aston University and there were students everywhere........we just got on with life, no moaning or being NIMBYs. truth must out
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2:47pm Tue 1 Jul 14

skychip says...

Alright for all these comments but it could be a very different story if you lived near them. As regards students not having cars due to costs etc. just take a look along Spetchley Road during term time and there are plenty of cars belonging to students at the Sixth Form College and certainly no rubbish ones!
Alright for all these comments but it could be a very different story if you lived near them. As regards students not having cars due to costs etc. just take a look along Spetchley Road during term time and there are plenty of cars belonging to students at the Sixth Form College and certainly no rubbish ones! skychip
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9:06pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Al Price says...

got passed by the planning dept?what a surprise!nice brown envelopes passed around again.
got passed by the planning dept?what a surprise!nice brown envelopes passed around again. Al Price
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1:29pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Chipper Dinosaur says...

The university has a positive impact on the city, economically and culturally. I live in St John's and there are a LOT of student houses just in my little road. They're all well-behaved (and well-parked).

My suggestion would be to make landlords answerable for their residents' behaviour.
The university has a positive impact on the city, economically and culturally. I live in St John's and there are a LOT of student houses just in my little road. They're all well-behaved (and well-parked). My suggestion would be to make landlords answerable for their residents' behaviour. Chipper Dinosaur
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3:52pm Wed 2 Jul 14

iamthebinman says...

Chipper Dinosaur wrote:
The university has a positive impact on the city, economically and culturally. I live in St John's and there are a LOT of student houses just in my little road. They're all well-behaved (and well-parked).

My suggestion would be to make landlords answerable for their residents' behaviour.
Couldn't agree more. I live on a street full of students and hardly know thy are there. Just less cars when they leave. A couple of parties a year doesn't make a place a ghetto!
[quote][p][bold]Chipper Dinosaur[/bold] wrote: The university has a positive impact on the city, economically and culturally. I live in St John's and there are a LOT of student houses just in my little road. They're all well-behaved (and well-parked). My suggestion would be to make landlords answerable for their residents' behaviour.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I live on a street full of students and hardly know thy are there. Just less cars when they leave. A couple of parties a year doesn't make a place a ghetto! iamthebinman
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5:55pm Wed 2 Jul 14

worcestersfinest says...

iamthebinman wrote:
Chipper Dinosaur wrote:
The university has a positive impact on the city, economically and culturally. I live in St John's and there are a LOT of student houses just in my little road. They're all well-behaved (and well-parked).

My suggestion would be to make landlords answerable for their residents' behaviour.
Couldn't agree more. I live on a street full of students and hardly know thy are there. Just less cars when they leave. A couple of parties a year doesn't make a place a ghetto!
Yes it's nice we have a growing student population but how does this help the economy of the city?? Please explain!
[quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chipper Dinosaur[/bold] wrote: The university has a positive impact on the city, economically and culturally. I live in St John's and there are a LOT of student houses just in my little road. They're all well-behaved (and well-parked). My suggestion would be to make landlords answerable for their residents' behaviour.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I live on a street full of students and hardly know thy are there. Just less cars when they leave. A couple of parties a year doesn't make a place a ghetto![/p][/quote]Yes it's nice we have a growing student population but how does this help the economy of the city?? Please explain! worcestersfinest
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12:08am Thu 3 Jul 14

Perfman says...

worcestersfinest wrote:
iamthebinman wrote:
Chipper Dinosaur wrote:
The university has a positive impact on the city, economically and culturally. I live in St John's and there are a LOT of student houses just in my little road. They're all well-behaved (and well-parked).

My suggestion would be to make landlords answerable for their residents' behaviour.
Couldn't agree more. I live on a street full of students and hardly know thy are there. Just less cars when they leave. A couple of parties a year doesn't make a place a ghetto!
Yes it's nice we have a growing student population but how does this help the economy of the city?? Please explain!
DOH!
[quote][p][bold]worcestersfinest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]iamthebinman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chipper Dinosaur[/bold] wrote: The university has a positive impact on the city, economically and culturally. I live in St John's and there are a LOT of student houses just in my little road. They're all well-behaved (and well-parked). My suggestion would be to make landlords answerable for their residents' behaviour.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I live on a street full of students and hardly know thy are there. Just less cars when they leave. A couple of parties a year doesn't make a place a ghetto![/p][/quote]Yes it's nice we have a growing student population but how does this help the economy of the city?? Please explain![/p][/quote]DOH! Perfman
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