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Stamford resident launches petition to stop family homes becoming multiple occupancy premises without public consultation




A petition has been launched to stop family homes becoming ‘multiple occupancy’ premises without public consultation.

Donald Bruce, of Moray Close, Stamford, is campaigning for a change in legislation after learning that houses can be converted to separate rooms with communal facilities, legally and without consultation.

Licences can be awarded by South Kesteven District Council without the need for planning permission.

An application for a Housing of Multiple Occupancy license will be made for a property in Moray Close, Stamford
An application for a Housing of Multiple Occupancy license will be made for a property in Moray Close, Stamford

The petition calls on the council to adopt an Article 4 direction, meaning planning permission would be required.

Mr Bruce said: "As things stand, the house next door to yours could become a HMO tomorrow without you being informed.

"It may give rise to an over-intensive use of the site which would result in an adverse impact on both visual and residential amenity currently enjoyed by the occupiers of neighbouring properties."

The council doesn't believe a change in legislation is required for Stamford.

Click here to sign the petition. It closes on August 9.



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