61 - 63 Hampden Road, Battery Point TAS 7004

Partial Change of Use to Visitor Accommodation

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We found this application for you on the planning authority's website 18 days ago. It was received by them 1 day earlier.

(Source: Hobart City Council, reference PLN-22-615)

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  1. Helen Ducker commented

    If this is the Post Office, part of it is already used for visitor accommodation - owners living on the premises. A good way to ensure swift service for the visitors and control of noise etc for the neighbours.
    Don't allow this good arrangement to be changed,

  2. Pam Powell commented

    Battery Point does not need more air b and b accommodation. This house should rented long term or lived in by owners.

  3. L. Smith commented

    2018. ABC News
    “ The Tasmanian Planning Commission has recommended the inner Hobart suburb of Battery Point be excluded from a draft planning directive issued last year, which made visitor accommodation a "permitted use".
    Airbnb rentals in Hobart:
    Only about 60 Airbnb rentals have registered with council, the Government says.(Supplied: Airbnb)
    In a report to the Tasmanian Government, the commission said it supported submissions by the Hobart City Council and Battery Point residents against the conversion of entire homes into tourist accommodation for websites such as Airbnb and Stayz, agreeing such uses impacted "the residential character and function of the suburb".
    "The commission also supports submissions that Battery Point is unique in terms of its locational, heritage and built form attributes that make it a popular tourism destination, and therefore susceptible to conversion pressure," the report said.
    The recommendation only applies to investment properties, meaning residents who rent out rooms in their own homes can continue to do so without a local council permit.”

    According to the Air BnB website they already have around 75 properties available to tourists in this one area.
    What has been done about a moratorium on allowing more entire home Air BnBs in inner Hobart?
    Judging by the large number of monthly applications- absolutely nothing.
    Result: increasing homelessness.
    This problem is only going to get worse.

  4. Christine Simons commented

    In 1972 , my mother bought a very small cottage in Battery Point, then houses were cheap, and Battery Point had a mixed community. . She lived in it for ten years, then it was a rental until I inherited it in 2018. There were no problems with neighbours until the new owners came in about 2009. On the off street parking site, they demolished the garage at the rear of their property ,this meant their cars would now be on the street. They built a two story building which has been used as a B&B. It looks over, and into into the neighbour's sun room . Because they have now limited their street access, they are using the right of way they share with me ,to get in and out, depending as well, on my very small area of land outside my back door and bedroom. I have had to spend thousands of dollars, getting legal advice, and putting in new glass, and blocking the ventilation to reduce the noise. It has also been extremely upsetting for me, I’ve lived in many houses, and have never experienced anything like this before.

    They also have a car 'share ', which takes up space on the street, it’s huge car. They are earning an income from both these mini entrepreneurial enterprises. Are they paying taxes, and extra rates from making a profit from what is set up for residents? What would happen if everyone decided to do it? The neighbour said to me , “It’s inner suburban living”, which it isn’t, in my experience. When I said I was putting up a fence along my boundary, which I can do legally, she said “That’s rather school yardish.” I am just a nuisance to them, I am stopping them doing what they want, spoiling their plans. There has been no empathy, or any apologies. This is a time in history where many people have a sense of entitlement. It isn’t good for community and the well being of most people, it’s just selfish. Battery Point is historic, most house are small, and on small blocks. People making money out of it ,at other residents expense is greedy, and will change what is appealing about Battery Point , a small historic village that has managed to stay reasonably intact, but not without various people fighting for it over the years.

  5. Jane Lorimer commented

    Christine Simons, your experience demonstrates the problem for inner city residents perfectly. I hope the council listens to you and takes action to limit further Air BNB premises. It is sad to see so many inner city homes becoming this sort of tourist accommodation, where everything seems to be in the owner’s favour and no consideration is given to neighbours or the community interest.

  6. NIcky McKibben commented

    This property has recently been sold - prior to that it was the residence of my neighbours with the Post Office attached. They lived there permanently and did not have visitor accommodation. The Property is on the boundary of the commercial area with Jackman and McCross on the corner and my property on the other side.
    It is the new owners who are applying for visitor accommodation as they are not planning to move to Battery Point for sometime.

  7. Jane Lorimer commented

    Christine Simons, your experience demonstrates the problem for inner city residents perfectly. I hope the council listens to you and takes action to limit further Air BNB premises. It is sad to see so many inner city homes becoming this sort of tourist accommodation, where everything seems to be in the owner’s favour and no consideration is given to neighbours or the community interest.

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