The owner of an empty care home says councillors in Hull should be more willing to support large properties being converted into so-called houses in multiple occupation.

Pankaj Goyal spoke out after the city council's planning committee refused his change of use application for the former Amderdene Lodge residential care home in Boulevard.

He wanted to convert the former 19-bed care home into an eight-bedroom house with shared kitchen and communal facilities.

The decision came after new tougher policies were recently introduced by the council aimed at curbing the spread of HMOs in areas of traditional family housing.

That move was triggered by increasing concerns over parking, litter and anti-social behaviour in neighbourhoods where HMOs have become widespread.

It happened at the roundabout of Boulevard and Cholmley Street
The Boulevard in west Hull

The committee heard one-in-four properties in the Boulevard were now HMOs with large numbers of people now living in large converted Victorian era homes.

Speaking at the meeting, Peter Bullimore from the Boulevard Neighbourhood Watch Group said a tipping point had now been reached in the historic street.

"It's a constant battle to keep the street clean and tidy," he said.

"The number of houses in multiple occupation has reached the point where it has become very unpleasant a times with people coming and going at all hours. We believe there are too many HMOs in the Boulevard."

Councillor Julie Greenhill said: "HMOs can be problematic, whether it's the issue of absent landlords or the provision of wheelie bins and where to put them.

"In this case, there isn't any indication where any bins would be stored other than at the front of the property because there is no phyical access to the rear."

But Mr Goyal claimed councilors should be welcoming investment in HMOs by private landlords.

He said: "HMOs are a solution to a problem when you have a very big property. They are no big deal, Hull should be happy about new investment coming in."