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Appeal: ‘No empirical evidence’ that HMO would harm social cohesion

Pontypridd / Ade Rixon

Permission has been granted to convert a four-bedroom home into a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in Pontypridd, after an inspector decided that there was no empirical evidence to support local residents’ claims that HMOs harm social cohesion and fuel antisocial behaviour.

The house is in a “relatively dense urban environment” in Pontypridd, north of Cardiff. Around 30 per cent of houses in the area are registered HMOs, most of which accommodate students of the nearby University of South Wales. The area was one of six locations studied for a 2015 report by the Welsh government on HMOs and their impact on communities. Inspector Paul Selby acknowledged........
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