Click here to view the Houses in Multiple Occupation Supplementary Planning Document

Contents

  1. Latest News: Revised Houses in Multiple Occupation SPD Consultation (4th September to 13th October 2017)
  2. The planning policy for Houses in Multiple Occupation
  3. Planning Permission and Licensing
  4. HMO Policy Background

Last updated: 1st September 2017


1. Revised Houses in Multiple Occupation SPD Consultation (4th September to 13th October 2017)

The Council adopted the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) in July 2013. The aim of the SPD is to avoid high concentrations of HMOs in the interests of an appropriately balanced housing mix across the city. The Article 4 Direction withdraws the Permitted Development Right for the change of use from family homes (Use Class C3) to Houses in Multiple Occupation (Use Classes C4 and Sui Generis) across the City of Bath. The SPD sets out criteria for assessing planning applications now required by the Article 4 Direction.

Following a review of the performance of the original SPD including the evidence update and targeted engagement, revisions to the SPD are proposed: 

We are particularly interested in hearing your views on the following questions:

  1. Do you agree with the general approach of the SPD to manage the concentration of HMOs in parts in Bath?
  2. Do you agree with the Sandwich Policy proposed in the draft SPD?
  3. Do you agree with lowering the HMO threshold to 10% from 25%?

You can make comments online via the Council's consultation website here.  

Alternatively you can email them to HMO_SPD@BathNES.gov.uk or post them to Planning Policy, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Lewis House, Manvers Street, Bath BA1 1JG.

Comments should be submitted by 5pm 13th October 2017.

The Council appointed ARUP to undertake a review of the existing HMO SPD to investigate various policy options.  The full ARUP report, HMO SPD Review & Options Analysis (16MB), is available via this link.

Back to the contents list


2. The planning policy for Houses of Multiple Occupation

The Houses in Multiple Occupation in Bath Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) sets out Bath & North East Somerset Council’s approach to the distribution and dispersal of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).  This followed the Council’s implementation of an Article 4 Direction in relation to Houses of Multiple Occupation in the City of Bath .

There are more than 3,000 known HMOs in the district, most of which are in Bath.  The SPD is aimed at facilitating a sustainable community in Bath by encouraging a wide variety of households in all areas .  It also seeks to improve the standard, safety  and management of HMOs across the district.

A House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is defined by the Housing Act 2004 as:

  • A house or flat which is let to 3 or more unrelated tenants who share a kitchen, bathroom, or toilets. For example, properties let to students or bedsits; or
  • A building which is converted into non self-contained flats; or
  • A building which is converted entirely into self-contained flats and the conversion does not meet the standards of the 1991 Building Regulations and more than one-third of the flats are let on short-term tenancies.

The HMO SPD contains a guide to help determine if a house is defined as an HMO .

Back to the contents list


3. Planning Permission and Licensing

Houses of Multiple Occupation may require planning permission.  A 2 stage assessment process is used to help determine if permission is likely to be granted for changing the use of a property to an HMO.  Planning permission is likely to be refused in neighbourhoods with over 25% of the existing housing stock in use as HMOs :

Some HMOs with shared facilities must also be licensed, this is to ensure that ensure minimum standards of safety, welfare and management are maintained.  Landlords and managers of HMOs across Bath and North East Somerset may need to apply for a mandatory license, whilst those in Bath may also need to apply for an additional license:

Back to the contents list


4. HMO Policy Background

The following links provide more information on the production of the Houses in Multiple Occupation in Bath SPD:

Back to the contents list

Your rating: 

Your rating: None Average: 2.6 (17 votes)
To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.