CONCERNS have been raised for plans to turn an existing property into a HMO.

The plans are to turn a property on Larne Drive in Broughton in to a seven-bedroom house of multiple occupation (HMO) with extensions.

The plans would see the property renovated to include a kitchen, dining, living room - as well as the bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms.

But residents have expressed concerns for the available provisions to cater for potentially seven people moving into the street.

The plans are currently in the consultation period, and people have until December 5 to deliver their concerns to Flintshire Council.

A woman, wishing to remain anonymous, told the Leader: "My mum and Dad live on that street so I'm there all the time - there just isn't the parking provision for up to seven cars, or more.

"If seven rooms are filled, there is the potential for at least 14 people - meaning there could easily be 10 cars parked. It will be chaos.

"This is a street containing elderly people and younger families - they need clear access to their cars and availability to park.

"There are seven bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. That's seven more toilets flushing and showers going, so noise levels will increase considerably.

And there is a belief that because there is a lack of a clearly defined policy surrounding HMO available to Flintshire Council's planning committee - in terms of a maximum number of car parking spaces available and the scale of extensions to property that are allowed to be made.

This has led in the past to calls by council members for the Welsh Government to supply them with a clearly defined policy for HMO applications.

The concerned woman added: "Without a clear policy for HMO applications, our fear is that the council's planning committee's hands will be tied, and they won't have grounds to reject the proposal.

"And while my immediate interest is for the Larne Drive plans, it is concerning where the line will be drawn for the many future applications I believe will be made."

A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Under legislation introduced in 2016 planning permission is required to change a residential dwelling into a HMO.

"The decision to grant planning permission is a matter for local authorities to consider.”