Residents’ relief in Spalding HMO battle

The house being used as an HMO in Wygate Meadows.
The house being used as an HMO in Wygate Meadows.

Spalding residents are relieved South Holland District Council’s planning committee has for the second time refused an application for a house of multiple occupation (HMO).

Landlord Simon Edwards’ retrospective plans for eight people living in a house on Wygate Meadows were opposed by 14 neighbours, who formally objected to the council.

Neighbours complained to the press in the summer about noise from the property, which one said could last five to six hours on a Saturday in good weather.

In a letter to the council earlier this year, Mr Edwards said: “Just because the tenants are migrant workers it does not make them any noisier, dirtier or mean that they have activities out of keeping than with the English residents in the street (some of whom might be classed as a little racist) who all drive to work and pop in and out all day long going to the shops and golf etc.”

At the time, one resident dismissed Mr Edwards’ comments about racism as irresponsible and untrue.

This week another resident told us: “I have got no problem with immigrants but I have got a problem with HMOs.”

County and district councillor Angela Newton spoke at the planning meeting on behalf of residents, who complained about issues including “late night/early morning noise, spitting, walking over their gardens, and vehicles revving leaving the property in the early hours of the morning”.

She said: “Other councillors also spoke on the application and unanimously agreed to refuse the application.”

Council reasons for refusal included “significant and adverse impact” on neighbours’ residential amenity. Mr Edwards has six months to appeal.

Previously ...

House in leafy street is HMO battleground