Plans for a 10-bedroom studio have been submitted for a former nursery next to a nursery school in Derbyshire.
The application, by Mr S Landa and Mr V Landa, would see the former nursery The Grange in Marshall Street, Alfreton, transformed into a multiple occupancy house (HMO).
Croft Infant School is next to the proposed site and the Tesco Superstore is directly opposite the property.
If approved by Amber Valley Borough Council in the coming months, the disused property would be converted into 10 studio units, all of which would have double beds.
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The documents submitted by the applicants specify that the studios ranged from 11 m² to 15 m².
The ground floor would contain four studios ranging from 11m² to 15m², with a shared shower room and a shared kitchen and dining room.
On the first floor, there would be four other studios of 11 m² and a common shower room.
Two other studios of 13 m² and 14 m² would be housed in the attic with an adjoining shower room.
No letters of support or objection have been submitted to the board regarding the plans.
A document drawn up by Home Extension Plans, on behalf of the applicants, said: ‘The crèche has closed due to Covid, the house is large and has been vacant for some time and is therefore underused.
“The site is located next to a large number of domestic housing/HMO properties, therefore the site is in a residential area of downtown Alfreton.
“There is a general shortage of accommodation in the area, particularly for private rental and this close to the town center (and the greater Alfreton area).
“The proposed change of use makes best use of a vacant site which has fallen on hard times due to Covid.
“This creates 10 new much-needed rental rooms for the local population.
“The existing building blends comfortably into the street scene, with no external modifications proposed.
“Because of this change in use, traffic and noise will be reduced, which means the rental rooms will be appreciated now and for future residents of the Alfreton area.”
The report says the proposed property’s room sizes meet or exceed Borough Council HMO guidelines.
It also says the client is a “very experienced long-term holder of several HMO licenses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with a high percentage of long-term tenants in place”.
Citing information from Spareroom.com, it says “demand far exceeds supply in the area with a large excess of pending tenants”.
He says there is a “great need for individual housing and affordable housing in general in the area”.
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