Concerns have been raised over plans for up to eight people to live in a small terraced house in Wrexham.
An application has been entered to convert the property on Park Street in Rhosddu into a five-bedroom house in multiple occupation (HMO).
Objections have been raised by several neighbours who fear that tenants would be ‘crammed in’ and may include substance abusers.
Wrexham Council’s highways department said it was also against the scheme because it did not include enough parking spaces.
However, the authority’s head of environment and planning has backed the proposals for approval.
In a report, Lawrence Isted said: “I am satisfied that this proposal would not result in an over concentration of HMOs in the immediate locality.
“The site is also in a highly sustainable location within easy reach of all public transport options and in an area where reliance upon the motor car should not be encouraged
“Licensed HMOs are subject to conditions that require landlords to take all reasonable steps for the satisfactory management and maintenance of good physical standards of HMOs.
“There are also conditions requiring the licence holder to prevent anti-social behaviour.
“There are no planning or housing regulatory reasons why a HMO proposal should be refused on the grounds of any particular type of person occupying the property.”
Mr Isted said he acknowledged concerns about the impact of traffic on the narrow one way street.
Due to its restricted width, he said cars often resort to driving along the footpath.
However, he added that most people who use the road show caution.
The proposals will be considered by Wrexham Council’s planning committee on Monday 7 January.