Plans for detached home on Moreton Hall to become house in multiple occupation

The house in Chaffinch Road
The house in Chaffinch Road

A detached house on Moreton Hall could be turned into a house in multiple occupation offering accommodation for seven tenants.

Keith Farrance, franchise partner with Platinum Property Partners, has applied for change of use planning permission for the house in Chaffinch Road.

Latest figures show more than 1,200 people need single accommodation across West Suffolk. In Bury St Edmunds 90 people under the age of 39 have applied for housing while 104 over 40 are seeking a home.

The combined postcodes of Bury and Mildenhall – IP33 and Ip32 – show 300 people needing such housing.

The application says that the the six bedrooms at Chaffinch Road would be provided in the house with a seventh in the detached garage which would be linked to the main house and converted.

The accommodation would be most suited to young professionals and key workers.

Under current planning law, the house could be converted to a six-bedroomed HMO without planning permission but the conversion of the garage requires planning consent.

This comes days before St Edmundsbury’s cabinet considers the West Suffolk Housing Strategy being formulated by St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils.

The councils are drawing up a plan to deliver a mix of housing in size and type, whether this is affordable, private rental or open market purchase.

Cllr Anne Gower, St Edmundsbury housing portfolio holder, said: “Developers don’t necessarily want to provide one person flats and bedsits. It‘s not just the young but also elderly people who can’t manage a larger house and need smaller properties. There is no silver bullet to fix this.”

There are currently 112 houses of multiple occupancy in St Edmundsbury and 111 in Forest Heath.