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Appeal: ‘Police enforcement’ can address HMO antisocial behaviour

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An inspector has granted permission for a change of use for an HMO in Swansea despite a high concentration of shared housing in the area, ruling that antisocial behaviour could be managed by ‘police enforcement’.

The appeal concerns a house in the St Helens Avenue area of Swansea, where council records show that around 40 per cent of dwellings are already Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The area is within the electoral ward of Uplands, where 49 per cent of the population are students.The proposal was initially blocked by Swansea Council based on a 2015 report published by the Welsh Government........
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