New controls put in place for creation of Houses in Multiple Occupation in Yeovil

South Somerset District Council has confirmed new controls for the creation of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in certain parts of Yeovil.

The new controls, via an Article 4 Direction, means that a planning application is now required to use a dwelling in particular areas of Yeovil as an HMO for more than 3 unrelated people.

The requirement for a planning application allows for the impacts to be properly considered and local people to be consulted. The additional controls would not affect existing HMOs.

Councillor Angie Singleton, Portfolio Holder for Development Management at South Somerset District Council said, "HMOs are an important element of our housing stock and it is necessary to ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet increasing demands. However, it is equally important to ensure that the location and quality of HMO's are properly assessed to ensure that there is no adverse impact upon surrounding properties."

Councillor Peter Gubbins, Chairman of Area South Committee added, "Having new HMOs come forward to the District Council as a planning application allows for the development to be controlled in a measured way which will benefit local communities positively. It also allows for local people to have their say on what type of premises could potentially be created near to their home. This really is about control rather than prevention."

A consultation with stakeholders and the local community on the proposal of the new controls for HMOs was held earlier this year in May and June after Councillors of the Area South Committee had resolved to progress the Article 4 Direction in principle.

The final map of the affected areas and guidance for prospective landlords and residents is viewable at: www.southsomerset.gov.uk/HMO.