Proposals to turn listed 1840s building into bedsits in the Eldon Place Conservation Area

The developer behind proposals to turn a listed 1840s building into bedsits says he is “aware of the need for high quality accommodation” in Bradford.

The plan to convert 51 Hanover Square in Manningham into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) recently went before a Bradford Council planning panel.

Members heard that the scheme would see seven flats created in the property – which is in the Eldon Place Conservation Area.

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There would be two communal kitchen/dining rooms, three shared bathrooms, and a new bin store structure would be built to the front of the property.

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51 Hanover Square

Applicant Dr Muhammad Jawad Saleemi spoke about his scheme at a meeting of the Bradford Area Planning Panel last month.

He said: “I’m acutely aware of the need for high quality accommodation in the area.

“Other nearby properties have been changed without consent.”

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Chair Councillor Arshad Hussain (Lab, Toller) pointed out that with the site being split into seven households, there could potentially be 14 bins – a waste and recycling bin for each resident.

Councillor Mohammed Amran (Lab, Heaton) said he believed HMOs were usually allocated a single, large commercial style bin – rather than separate household bins.

Members agreed that it was unlikely such a bin could be accommodated in the bin store planned for the listed building.

The panel voted to defer the application until more detail was provided about the bin storage.

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