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07/06/2019

Appeal: Costs awarded against council for ignoring HMO appeal precedents

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Durham County Council must pay costs for refusing to allow an HMO despite evidence from other appeals demonstrating that a policy test justifying the scheme had been met, an inspector has ruled.

LOCATIONDurhamAUTHORITYDurham County CouncilINSPECTORT A WheelerPROCEDUREWritten submissionsDECISIONAllowedREFERENCEAPP/X1355/W/19/3222572The appeal concerned a terraced house in Durham, opposite the main campus of the city’s university. The appellant sought to convert the property into a house in multiple occupation (HMO). However, the area was covered by an article 4 direction under which........
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