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Bedsits scheme on hold

PLANS to convert a former care home in Hanham into bedsits have been withdrawn.

Scott Essex, acting as an agent for the owner, asked for approval to turn Rockleaze in Lower Hanham Road into 19 bedsits.

The proposals were unpopular with residents who lobbied Hanham Parish Council over parking, waste, noise and disturbance concerns. The parish council supported residents, writing to South Gloucestershire Council to log an objection, as did many people living nearby.

It is unknown why the plans have been withdrawn but it follows a site visit to Rockleaze by highways officers.

They recommended the council refuse the application, saying parking on the site is "woefully inadequate".

A report stated: "The proposal if implemented would lead to creation of a large HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) with very limited parking and as such it would most certainly result in severe impact on safe and free movements on the travelling public adjoining to the site."