BCP Council (Bournemouth area): Neil McKeon has secured a Certificate of Lawfulness for the retrospective change of use of a dwelling to a House in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) in Cardigan Road, Winton. Whilst converted without the benefit of planning permission, a Certificate of Lawfulness can be secured to confirm the use had occurred for a sufficient period of time prior to the submission of the application to BCP Council.

Based on the evidence presented by Pure Town Planning, which included HMO licences and Council tax records, the Planning Officer accepted the justification, confirming that the use had occurred continuously over the requisite timeframe. As such, the Council deemed the HMO change of use to be lawful.

If you have a HMO which was converted without planning permission, you may be eligible to secure a Certificate of Lawfulness of an Existing Use or Development to regularise the situation through passage of time. If so, here at Pure Town Planning we would be happy to assist in advising and presenting the evidence to the Council – contact us at info@puretownplanning.co.uk or call us on 01202 585524.