BCP Council (Bournemouth area): Neil McKeon is pleased to have secured planning permission for the change of use of a Use Class C3 dwelling with rear extension to form a 6-bedroom HMO (Use Class C4) on Christchurch Road, Bournemouth. The plans were prepared by Now Architecture.

Change of use of a dwelling to a class C4 HMO (one with 3-6 individual residents) is usually permitted development, however, Bournemouth’s Article 4 Direction effectively withdraws the permitted development right – as such planning permission was required for the change of use.

The crucial policy involved in such a proposal is CS24 of the Core Strategy. This policy indicates that new HMOs will only be considered acceptable where no more than 10% of properties within a defined area surrounding the application site are in use as HMOs. Pure Town Planning carried out a saturation assessment as part of the submission in order to confirm policy compliance.

Following the Council’s assessment, it was confirmed that the 10% threshold was not breached and the proposed extensions could be accommodated without any harmful impacts of intensification of the site, neighbouring amenity and the character and appearance of the area – thereby granting approval.

If you are exploring the possibilities of converting/creating a new HMO development and seek assistance in steering your scheme through the planning process, then contact Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524, or email us at info@puretownplanning.co.uk for an assessment to see if we can assist.