A retrospective application to change a family house in Trident Drive, Houghton Regis, to a flat and a House of Multiple Occupation has been declined by the local planning authority. The terraced houses in Trident Drive were built as an overspill site for London in the 1970's. Many of the homes are town houses with limited parking spaces at the rear.
In a notice of refusal, the planning department at Central Bedfordshire Council says that the application was unacceptable in principle and that fundamental objections could not be overcome through dialogue.
The applicant was invited to withdraw the application and to seek pre-application advice prior to any re-submission but did not agree to this.
The Council followed its procedures as laid down in the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015, and refused permission.
Reasons for refusal are given as the development would be out of character with the locality and detrimental to the amenities of local occupiers through general disturbance. Furthermore, the proposal did not make satisfactory provision for off-street parking which would lead to an increase in on-street parking and so result in further detrimental impact upon residential amenity by way of traffic congestion and additional hazards for highway users.
The refusal notice concluded, "The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to Policies BE8 & H9 of the South Bedfordshire Local Plan Review, the Central Bedfordshire Design Guide and Sections 4 and 7 of the National Planning Policy Framework."
You can read about the application on the Central Bedfordshire Council website.