14-08-2023 Approval at Appeal for short-stay accommodation in West Oxford

JPPC has been successful in persuading an Inspector to allow an appeal against Oxford City Council’s refusal of planning permission for the change of use of an existing HMO into a 1-bed flat on the ground floor with two en-suite rooms for lettable short-stay accommodation on the first floor. Although the Oxford Local Development Plan seeks to impose restrictions in respect of the locations where new guest accommodation will be accepted, the Inspector was persuaded in this case by the easy accessibility of the Mill Street, Oxford site to major bus routes as well as Oxford Station and the City Centre. The Inspector agreed that the proposed development would not have an adverse impact upon the amenities of neighbouring residential properties. Although the property is within a Controlled Parking Zone, the Inspector accepted that the 1-bed flat could retain eligibility for residents’ and visitors’ parking permits, on the basis that the property currently enjoys eligibility and there would be no need to accord parking permits to the guest accommodation, given that most tourists arrive in Oxford by means other than by private car.