Plans for a 36 bed house in multiple occupation ('HMO') in Seacombe have been slammed as out of character, after concerns were raised that there is already a proliferation of HMOs.
The local Conservatives are opposed to seeing the site former Jackson's Chemist on St Paul's Road used for yet another HMO. The Labour Leader of the Council has also raised his concerns.
Several former retail units on nearby Brighton Street and King Street have previously been converted into HMOs.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, the Council's consultation ended on introducing tougher controls over poor quality housing in the St Paul's Road area.
The proposed 'Selective Licensing' scheme would seek to improve private rented homes within this neighbourhood by requiring landlords to obtain a licence and to comply with certain agreed conditions.
This area is already identified as an area of low housing demand and, across the Borough, almost one in three properties in the private rented sector fails to meet the decent homes standard, impacting on the health and welfare of tenants and wider communities.
The Council's Planning Committee is due to decide the application at meeting in Birkenhead Town Hall on 11 October.