BCP Council (Bournemouth area): Jess Glover is pleased to announce that she has recently secured a certificate to establish the lawful use of a property as a Use Class C4 House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the Boscombe East and Pokesdown area of Bournemouth. Use Class C4 HMOs are shared dwellings occupied by between 3 and 6 unrelated people as their only or main residence.

Lawful Development applications take time to prepare to ensure that on the balance of probability the evidence submitted will make clear to the Council that the unlawful use has continuously operated for the minimum amount of time required to become lawful under the relevant statutory legislation.

In preparing this particular case, which was an unlawful change of use, we were required to demonstrate that the use had continued for a period in excess of 4 years. The applicant was able to provide extensive records including monthly invoices and correspondence from Bournemouth University and the letting agents to the property owners dating from 2006, and a statutory declaration signed by the owner to confirm the HMO use of the site.

The Planning Officer considered that the evidence sources provided did in fact demonstrate that on the balance of probabilities, the existing building known has been in use as a Use Classs C4 HMO continuously for over 4 years to the present date and issued the decision weeks ahead of the target date.

Even though the world has gone a bit mad, here at PTP we are still working hard to secure those planning consents. Therefore, if you have any sites which may currently be in an unlawful use or you have an unauthorised use or building which you are considering to regularise why don’t you contact Pure Town Planning at info@puretownplanning.co.uk for a free confidential planning enquiry.