Residents lose fight to stop Bournemouth house being converted into student accommodation

The house in Fernside Road in Winton

The house in Fernside Road in Winton

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A HOUSE in Bournemouth will be converted into student accommodation despite fierce opposition from nearby residents.

London-based landlord Patrick Kane, who owns the property in Fernside Road, Winton, applied to the council to change the use of the property from residential use, to ‘house in multiple occupation’.

Under the proposals, which went before Bournemouth’s planning committee on Monday, the property will have six bedrooms, a shared kitchen, dining room and communal area with two allocated car parking spaces.

Mr Kane, who said he will be using a third party agent to manage the property, defended the plans and claimed students “are not all terrible” and that a family could be “equally unruly”.

“I realise students can be rowdy and what have you,” he added.

“It is a residential area and I will sit them down and tell them there will not be any problems.

“I have come here so you can see I’m not some faceless landlord.”

Mr Kane claimed parking would not be a problem and trusted the future occupants would be capable of taking out bins each week.

He said the property has been unkempt in recent years because an elderly relative has lived there and was unable to tend to it.

When asked by the committee about the maintenance of the lawn in the back garden, Mr Kane said: “It has gone to wilderness and no one has complained. But if you want me to get someone in to cut the grass then I will.”

He added it was possible the property could end up being used to home young professionals.

Cllr Nicola Greene, ward councillor for Wallisdown and Winton West, said 43 letters had been written in objection to the proposal and a petition had been signed by many more.

The change of use was granted by the committee on a temporary basis until September 2015.

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3:27pm Fri 23 May 14

we-shall-see says...

So much for the council saying they were going to cut down on the number of houses with multiple occupants in Winton..... :o/
So much for the council saying they were going to cut down on the number of houses with multiple occupants in Winton..... :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 11

5:23pm Fri 23 May 14

crazybird says...

He wants to try living next door to them. Some of them can make your life a misery with their inconsiderate behaviour, parties, screaming and shouting til the early hours. They should have to pay a large deposit to the council (say £1000 each) and if at the end of their occupation there have been no complaints about their noise and behaviour they would receive it back. Ive got a child of 17 who attends college and I have bought him up to be considerate of others at all times.
He wants to try living next door to them. Some of them can make your life a misery with their inconsiderate behaviour, parties, screaming and shouting til the early hours. They should have to pay a large deposit to the council (say £1000 each) and if at the end of their occupation there have been no complaints about their noise and behaviour they would receive it back. Ive got a child of 17 who attends college and I have bought him up to be considerate of others at all times. crazybird
  • Score: 5

6:30pm Fri 23 May 14

Townee says...

Just goes to show money talks. I thought the council had a policy of no more than so many student houses in any one road, I'm sure Fernside Road must have reach that number before this application.
Just goes to show money talks. I thought the council had a policy of no more than so many student houses in any one road, I'm sure Fernside Road must have reach that number before this application. Townee
  • Score: 6

12:29am Sat 24 May 14

misplacedspaniard says...

Disgusting. This man is a parasite. This home should be used for a family and they should be able to afford to get a mortgage. Instead some scumbag investor is filling his pockets yet again.

Hope karma comes back and bites him on the ar$e.
Disgusting. This man is a parasite. This home should be used for a family and they should be able to afford to get a mortgage. Instead some scumbag investor is filling his pockets yet again. Hope karma comes back and bites him on the ar$e. misplacedspaniard
  • Score: 3

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