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        Ethelbert Crescent

        Principle of Development

        This property had been previously used as a house in multiple occupancy (HMO) ie, bedsits with shared facilities.  Prior to that it was an hotel.  The District Council aims to increase the supply of quality family housing, and is seeking to reduce the number of HMOs.  This former HMO has been converted to provide two maisonettes and one flat.

        Character and appearance

        The Cliftonville area comprises a variety of homes, with rich character and high standards of design making it is a fine example of historic seaside architecture.  There are two nearby Conservation Areas.

        The external renovation works have included installing sash windows, replacement balconies and railings to preserve the character of the building, and the terrace of which it forms part.  This property faces north so that each of the flats will benefit from direct sea views.  Although there is limited outside space within the curtilage of the building, there is a high quality outdoor adventure playground installed directly across the road suitable for children.

        Living conditions

        The reduced number of residential units will result in improved living conditions of neighbouring property due to a reduced number of movements to and from the site, and reduced noise and disturbance.  Occupiers of the development will enjoy a high standard of accommodation, with good room sizes, with plenty of natural light, outlook and ventilation, with outdoor space.

        Renovation work

        This 13 bedsit property has been converted into two 4-bedroomed maisonettes, and one 2-bedroomed flat. Works included:

        • New internal layout
        • Kitchens and bathrooms
        • New character windows
        • Balcony and ironwork
        • Roof repairs
        • Insulation
        • Outside amenity areas

        Conclusion

        The development provides family housing of a high quality which contributes positively to the environment.  It does not adversely affect the living conditions of neighbouring property occupiers, or highway safety.  The property is no longer an eyesore, or target for vandals.

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