HMO Landlords in Bath

Filed in Bath by on 3rd September, 2017 2 Comments

This will be of interest to existing or prospecting HMO Landlord in Bath. We have received the following from B&NES Council’s Planning Officer:

As you may be aware, the Council is currently reviewing the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). The Article 4 Direction withdraws the Permitted Development Right for the change of use from family homes (Use Class C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (Use Classes C4 and Sui Generis) across the City of Bath. The SPD sets out criteria for assessing planning applications required by the Article 4 Direction. The aim of the SPD is to avoid high concentrations of HMOs in the interests of an appropriately balanced housing mix across the city.

The revised SPD can be accessed from the Council’s Website http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/hmo.

We are particularly interested in hearing your views on the following questions:

  • Do you agree with the general approach of the SPD to manage the concentration of HMOs in parts in Bath?
  • Do you agree with the Sandwich Policy proposed in the draft SPD?
  • Do you agree with lowering the HMO threshold to 10% from 25%?

You can send your comments via the Council’s Consultation Website here.  Alternatively you can email them to HMO_SPD@BathNES.gov.uk or post them to Planning Policy, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JG.

Comments should be submitted by 5pm 13th October 2017 after which the consultation closes.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Your sincerely

Kaoru Jacques

Senior Planning Officer

Planning Policy

Bath & North East Somerset Council

T: 01225 477288

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Rob Crawford is the chairman of the Association of Local Landlords (Wessex). Rob is a practicing landlord with a property portfolio that includes small private residential properties and HMO's. Rob is a qualified letting agent and former owner of Kingfisher Lettings & Management. He is now a share holder of the successful online lettings company Lettingsupermarket.com.

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  1. Bharat Bhushan Gupta says:

    I think that lowering the threshold to 10% from 25% is a very drastic change . This will create a lot of problems especially to students of the two Universities, Technical college and Royal United Hospital employees. if the council is considering reduction then in my view it should be done in stages such as reducing to 20% in the first instance and studying its impact on the housing market and then follow its recommendation.

  2. Rob Crawford says:

    I agree, please make sure you emphasis this in your response to the consultation survey.

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