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Appeal: HMO to student accommodation change of use will not compromise housing supply


Hertford College has been granted permission for the change of use of a large house of multiple occupancy (HMO) to student accommodation after an inspector ruled that the proposal would not have negative implications for the housing stock within the city of Oxford or the living conditions of nearby residents.

The parties disagreed over the status of the planning unit, with the appellant claiming that the premises has a lawful use as a large HMO with related ground-floor flat, and the council believing there to be two planning units on site; a HMO and a self-contained flat.

Inspector Alison Roland deemed that the status of the flat was in no means clear, but concluded that the “marginal reduc.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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