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In October 2010 the Government amended legislation to allow the change of use from single houses to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) to take place without the need for planning permission.
A high concentration of HMO’s in a particular area can lead to adverse impacts on the amenity of residents through issues relating to parking, general noise and disturbance.
In order to establish a level of control over the concentration of HMO’s, the Council is proposing an Article 4 Direction in areas deemed most vulnerable to the detrimental changes associated with such conversions.
These areas are particularly vulnerable because they are dominated by terraced housing and narrow streets; have little, if any, off street car parking and have minimal space for refuse/ recycling storage within the curtilage of the properties.
The Article 4 Direction will remove the permitted development rights for properties for parts of the following wards:
Planning applications for the conversion of properties into HMO’s within the defined areas will be assessed against Policy HS7.
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