When we last reported on local planning decisions in June (http://pdpla.com/pdpla-news/news-articles/item/337-portsmouth-planning-policy-encourages-unplanned-behaviours) we highlighted the fact that current planning rules encouraged increased density in existing HMO"s due to the lack of opportunity to provide this much needed accommodation anywhere else. PCC have acted swiftly to change the rules and stop such developments. Unfortunately, if some of the proposed changes were applied to current HMO"s we believe that many HMO"s in the city would no longer be legal.
Since our last report on planning meetings in the city, there have been 15 planning applications for conversions to HMO"s of which, 10 would result in 'sui generis" properties (large HMO"s with 7 or more occupants). Obviously, PCC don"t want this workload in the planning process and it is clear that the 'I hate HMO"s" mentality of many residents and councillors has become a mantra for some on the committee, yet under current rules they have been powerless to object.
At a meeting this week, PCC agreed to put changes to their HMO policy out for consultation. The consultation will start next month, after the Local Plan consultation ends and we presume that a number of members will be keen for us to represent them in challenging this change. Full details of the changes here.
Key changes proposed:
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