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Campaign launched against eight-room Oldbury bedsit conversion

A petition has been launched against plans to transform an Oldbury home into an eight-bedroom bedsit.

Under plans submitted to Sandwell council, the detached property at 54 St James Road will undergo rear and side extensions and become a house of multiple occupancy (HMO).

The work will create four bedrooms with shower rooms, a kitchen diner and a utility room on the ground floor. A further four bedrooms with shower rooms on the first floor will also be created.

An extra two car parking spaces, totalling four, will also be developed alongside eight new cycle spaces, according to the planning application.

READ MORE:Neighbours fear large house conversion will destroy peaceful Sandwell cul-de-sac

However, residents are opposing the scheme over fears of an increase in anti-social behaviour and extra traffic and parking problems.

The detached property is currently a three bedroom home.

It comes after residents in Suffolk Close, Langley Green, launched a campaign to prevent a five-bedroom HMO being built in their cul-de-sac.

They have cited concerns over the potential anti-social behaviour as well as fly-tipping and parking problems.

Independent councillor Joanne Hadley, who lives on St James Road, has launched a petition calling for the scheme to be scrapped.

She said residents and local businesses are angry at the plans, having already suffered “misery” as a result of another HMO in a nearby street.

Mrs Hadley, a former cabinet member for homes at the authority, said: “You can build four bedroom homes without planning permission.

“It is these homes which are more than four bedrooms which have to go to planning permission.”

She added: “This is a really tight road, with double decker buses going past, and everybody struggles for parking as it is.

“It can’t take any extra traffic. There is also a school just around the corner and we have to consider protecting the children.”

The proposal has been submitted by Mrs Lavanya Gamsani of Anjum Design Ltd, in Shirley, Solihull.

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