Resident’s anger over confirmed Leicester house conversion

Cambridge Street

By Luke Smith

A Leicester resident has vented their anger to the city council after the planning application he objected to was passed.

Damon Gibbons, of 27 Cambridge Street, was objecting to the development of 25 Cambridge Street. The application was made to convert the house on Cambridge Street into three flats, with a bedroom extension at the rear and a single story rear extension.

Mr Gibbons stood before council on Wednesday, March 14, and said: “The fact of the matter is that this property has been subject to quite considerable discussions with the local authority over the past three years. I can’t summarise in five minutes (the allotted time for explanation) all of the discussions about; how long this property was left derelict for; how the owner of the property at the time was informed that he needed planning permission before he started works; how he continued with the work until asked to stop by officers; and then left the property derelict with no guttering, which was causing damp problems in my property.

“Access to the sewerage is on my premises, so if anybody has to do something to the sewer for the number of houses this affects it’s me who has to call the plumber out and pay for it.

“The simple fact is that there’s only going to be one or two people using the bathroom at one time in a shared house. However, if you convert it into three or four flats then that would triple or quadruple the amount of waste to go down that sewer, and if it blocks it’ll be me who has to pay for that.”

The agenda supplied prior to the meeting stated that: “Cllr Russell and a local resident object on grounds of lack of noise insulation, lack of outdoor space and insufficient waste disposal, residential amenity and character of the area”

The planning application was passed with two members against the proposal and two members in favour of it, with the chair having the casting vote.

The result of the vote led to an angry exchange between Mr Gibbons and the chair of the meeting, Councillor Ted Cassidy, causing the meeting to be temporarily adjourned.

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