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New planning rules for student housing in York


6:52am 13th January 2011

Members of a council committee have agreed unanimously to recommend the requirement for planning permission for HMOs (houses in multiple occupation).

The Local Development Framework Working Group has agreed the recommendation to the council’s Executive, which would require planning permission for all HMOs in future in the urban part of the city, but only after 12 months should it be agreed, to avoid claims for compensation.

Vice Chair of the Committee, Coun. Dave Merrett says:

I’m pleased that the committee reached this decision given the massive increase in student housing that has occurred over recent years. This has had a consequence for both first time buyers and for the supply of family housing, the latter of which is often the focus for landlords wishing to buy up properly for letting to students.

“The universities and higher education in the city are critically important but university expansion must be matched by extra accommodation as if not, the current housing supply problems for York residents and families will only get worse”.

Hull Road councillor Mick Hoban reacted to the news, saying:

“This is only the first stage in what I hope will become a reality in the near future.  Residents in Hull Road and particularly Badger Hill have campaigned hard for this and I’m pleased for them that there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

“The council should have a role in determining the mix of housing in communities so that they are sustainable in the long term.  This move, if agreed, I believe will deliver that for the worst affected parts of Hull Road ward.

“I’d like to thank Osbaldwick Parish Council and Badger Hill residents for pushing for article 4 directions which would make this proposal a reality”.

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