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Bristol residents would prefer porn studio over housing for migrant workers

https://www.rt.com/uk/340114-bristol-porn-studio-apartments/

A group of residents in Bristol, England, say they’d prefer a building which houses a porn studio to be left as is rather than transforming it into an apartment block to house migrant workers.

Neighbors to the building in question, which is located in the St George area of the English city, say they will sell their homes if the council gives the green light for the building to be converted.

The owner of the building, Mike Hobbins, says the conversion would go some way to “solving the housing crisis in Bristol,” reports the Bristol Post.

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Bristol-porn-studio-turned-housing-migrant/story-29130193-detail/story.html

A former porn studio in Bristol could be transformed into a block of flats with room for 40 people under plans blasted as 'bad to worse' by angry residents – who claim they were happier with the idea of living next to a porn studio than accommodation for migrant workers...

..The owner, Mike Hobbins, wants to turn it into an 'HMO (house of multiple occupancy) plus' with 20 double rooms, offering six-month contracts with fixed rent, including bill costs. Mr Hobbins said it's a way of 'solving the housing crisis in Bristol'.

But neighbours fear it will "bludgeon the neighbourhood to death"....

..Until recently the building had been "a film studio for pornographic films and live streaming", according to plans lodged with Bristol City Council. But nearby families say 'that wasn't really a problem'.

The studios were run by Phil Barry, husband of adult film star Cathy Barry.

Naomi Maggs, a 38-year-old mum-of-two who lives opposite the building, in Ebenezer Street, said she will consider selling her house if the plans go ahead.

"HMO is as many people as you can possibly get into a building per square foot and it's people who are on short term rental contracts, so it's not people who want to come and be a part of the community."

Naomi, who has lived in the street for 11 years, said: "They don't have any respect for the building, the street, the neighbours in the area."

She added: "[The porn studio] wasn't really a problem and any problems we did have we spoke to the owner and it got sorted. But this is going to be 40 people coming and going every six months. It's going to drive people out of St George."..

Mr Hobbins wants to develop 20 large bedrooms with private bathrooms, plus communal kitchens and amenities like laundry rooms.

A basement bicycle store would also be added, with space for up to 50 bikes, but no car parking will be included.

Edited by Saving For a Space Ship
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the conversion would go some way to “solving the housing crisis in Bristol,

If net migration keeps on continuing at the current level (despite Dave's election "promises") then building a bit of accommodation here and there will never solve that aspect of the housing crisis. It's irrelevant in that respect.

As reported on another thread the amount of new building needed since year 2000 and up to 2030 is going to amount to 8 Birminghams if net migration continues at the current level - and that's just to cater for the net migration never mind any other sources of population increase.

No wonder the UK has ended up with the tiniest homes pretty much in the entire world. The tiniest and most expensive.

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It was proceeds from the slave trade that bankrolled the construction of many of Bristol's historic buildings.

And the tobacco and banking industry.

It's still a great place as far as I'm concerned I left there 20 years ago and it still a great place and I would move back happily if there was some work for me

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