Conversion of hotel rooms is allowed despite noise issues from neighbors

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The Norwood House Hotel, in Chetwynd Aston. Photo: Google

The Norwood House Hotel, in Chetwynd Aston, was used as accommodation for vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Norwood House Hotel Ltd converted a banquet hall into five new economy rooms, and the Telford & Wrekin Council planning committee voted 6-2 to grant retrospective clearance for the change.

Pave Lane resident Michael Bubb told members that the current use of the 18th-century venue makes the 18th-century venue function as an inn or shared house rather than a conventional hotel, and said the behavior noisy and drunken residents had led to multiple police and ambulance visits.

The planners ‘report acknowledged residents’ concerns about current use, but stressed that it was a temporary measure prompted by a government request.

“The hotel is currently being used as temporary accommodation to house vulnerable people from a Shropshire charity during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“This temporary change could be made without a formal building permit due to the circumstances on the basis that the hotel is returning to its previous operation following the pandemic.

“The applicant asks to keep the parts that have been converted, not to permanently change their use to HMOs [house of multiple occupation] or hostel.

He added that the committee was not asked to comment on “the suitability of the site as a form of temporary accommodation”.

Committee member Peter Scott said the Newport area currently has “very little” budget accommodation, so the additional capacity would be useful.

He asked, “If we were to approve it, how sure can we be that it will remain just budget accommodation in the future?”

Development Services Delivery Manager Valerie Hulme said the emergency powers that allowed its current use would be lifted when the pandemic ended and the council could potentially end HMO-type use, which is technically not allowed.

Mr Bubb said neighboring residents were “intimidated and disturbed” by the hotel’s current use.

“These current guests are locked in all day; there is no garden, no parks, no shops, so they only surface in the afternoon and then party half the night which is totally contrary to people who working hard and trying to get a good night’s sleep, ”he said.

Chetwynd Aston and Bridget Page, Woodcote Parish Council member, said: “The plaintiff has in the recent past seemed unable to curb this behavior and police and ambulance services have visited the hotel on several occasions. times.

Mr Bubb asked the committee to deny permission, calling the request a “sham,” saying he believed the new rooms would be a step towards the hotel becoming a long-term HMO.

“I would ask you to show common sense and decency towards the local population,” he said.

Chetwynd Aston and Lilleshall adviser Andrew Eade hailed a condition, proposed in the officers’ report, that would limit future guests to a maximum stay of 28 days. He suggested adding an additional 28-day “no return” rule “to ensure that rooms are operated as a hotel and not as a primary residence”. The officers accepted this.

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