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30/05/2017

Appeal: Council's fear of ‘student threat’ not substantiated by figures

Student house / iStock: 484798752

An inspector has allowed an HMO conversion in Nottingham, ruling that the council's fear of the ‘threat’ posed by high levels of student HMOs was unsubstantiated, citing local figures that show a concentration in the area far below the suggested threshold.

The appeal concerns a bungalow, currently in class C3 use, in a residential area close to the University of Nottingham and associated teaching hospital. Nottingham City Council originally rejected the proposal because it was concerned that if an HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) was allowed, “it would be occupied by students”.The council referred to the local supplementary planning........
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