Finchley Church End Candidates Object to Giant HMO Plan
By Dominic Aubrey-Jones
A planning application for Chumleigh Lodge Hotel, Nether Street, Finchley to be converted into a House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) with 19 rooms and up to 32 residents has met strong opposition from local residents. The existing hotel owners have proposed the conversion to begin in the first half of this year and argue that the development has the benefit of not removing existing residential housing stock.
However, residents in the surrounding area are concerned about the likely cramped accommodation for potential residents in the development, living in ex-hotel rooms for long periods of time. Due to the size of the development, residents are also concerned about the impact on parking in the local area and a likely increase in littering and fly tipping.
Liberal Democrat Finchley Church End candidates for the May 2022 council elections have added their objections to the proposals, saying that the development would not be in keeping with Barnet's housing strategy which aims to 'raise standards in the private rented sector' and 'deliver more homes that people can afford'. Finchley Church End resident and Liberal Democrat Candidate, Daniel Fenesan said 'several members of the public have stated that the landlord had previously been fined due to fire safety issues' and also argued that 'the density here is an extreme worry increasing the risk of fire safety, as often in HMOs people have a toaster in their room'.
At the time of writing, there are 41 objections, two neutral and one supportive comment to the proposal.