47 Gaisford Road Oxford OX4 3LH

24 November 2020

Change of use of a House in Multiple Occupation (Use Class C4) to a mother and baby unit (Use Class C2).

With no accompanying statement, this application raises more questions than it answers. The application form states that there will be five full time employees. Is the mother and baby unit intended to be run as a day centre or a home? In either case, is this a suitable location in a street which seems entirely residential? What licensing might be required, and has this been obtained? What measures are in place to ensure the safety of small children and babies? Has there been any consultation with social services? What facilities will be needed on site, and is the parking adequate? None of this has been addressed in the application. Any of these issues which fall within the planning department’s remit should be addressed before permission is granted.