Plans to turn this listed 101-year-old property into a house of multiple occupancy will be heard this week
PUBLISHED: 16:40 24 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:40 24 July 2017
Plans will be discussed on Thursday
Councillors are set to hear proposals to convert a property dating back to the First World War into a seven bedroom house of multiple occupancy (HMO) this week.
The house on Iron Mill Lane in Crayford was one of hundreds built in 1916 to provide homes for the workforce of Vickers, which ran an armaments factory employing around 14,500 people in Crayford at the height of the Great War.
More than 100 years on, the home is listed as “a good surviving, relatively unaltered example of the houses built as part of the Crayford Garden Suburb Estate,” which boasted more than 800 homes.
Proposals, which will be heard by planning councillors on Thursday night, have not suggested altering the outside of the building, but suggest changing the internal layout by creating an extra two to three bedrooms.
The property is currently empty, with an overgrown garden which councillor Geraldene Lucia-Hennis has asked to be maintained should approval be given.
Cllr Lucia-Hennis also recommended that sound-proofing be carried out at the home.
Neighbours along Iron Mill Lane have raised concerns in three letters of objection.
In them, residents raise concerns that “local schools already create parking and traffic problems” and expressed a need for greater family homes.
One resident wrote “seven people are likely to make a lot of noise, especially if they are youngsters”.
Councillors have been recommended to approve the development, limiting the number of people able to live in the seven-room property to one per room.
The developer will also need to meet demands which include showing full details of a proposed parking area at the rear of the house, and outlining any proposed changes to windows and doors before work gets underway.
Regarding the windows and doors, the council explains: “This information is fundamental to the appearance of the property and is therefore required at an early stage.”
The developer would also need final approval on storage for bins and explain where storage for seven bicycles will be provided.
Under the proposals, the council feels the change would “result in no significant harm on surrounding residential amenity, would provide satisfactory living conditions for future occupiers and would result in no significant highways related concerns.”