Letters: New trend for ‘change of use’ applications

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38 Harter Road, Kempston. Screenshot Google Streetview (c)2024 Image capture May 2019. Image: LDRS
38 Harter Road, Kempston. Screenshot Google Streetview (c)2024 Image capture May 2019. Image: LDRS

Dear editor,

Re: Application for change in status of a house in Harter Road, Kempston.

Read: Applicant says children’s home would bring “significant benefits” to Kempston community

This appears to be a new trend, as it is the third case that I have seen since November, applying for a change in status from a class 3 (Domestic residential/Dwellinghouse) to a class 2 (Residential Institution) to accommodate two to three children.

I know of applications for Aspley Road and Haylands Way, both in Bedford. In the case of Haylands Way, the children that were housed were not from Bedford/Kempston.

It seems that private companies are now applying to the planning authority to convert houses into children’s homes around the towns and the only objections that may be made refer strictly to Planning Laws.

This apparently excludes noise, nuisance or neighbour issues. Which, is a shame seeing as all the applications I have seen so far are all for semi-detached houses.

Jill Dainton,
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