People in Worcester back student homes crackdown

People in Worcester back student homes crackdown

People in Worcester back student homes crackdown

First published in News Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

A LONG-AWAITED crackdown on student homes is on the verge of coming into force in Worcester - as it emerged the public have given it the thumbs-up.

The city council has revealed the outcome of a major public consultation into limiting multiple-let homes.

The results are:

- 70 per cent of people to offer an opinion agreed the numbers need to be limited - 86 per cent say the crackdown should apply equally to all parts of the city, so for example St John's would be treated the same as Warndon

- Limiting student homes to 10 per cent of every council ward was backed by 59 per cent of respondents, with just five per cent saying it could be lower and the rest asking it to go higher

The feedback means the council can finally crack on with giving the policy the green light, subject to one final debate by the planning committee.

It means all new Homes of Multiple Occupation (HMOs), property rented to three tenants or more, would need to secure permission for a 'change of use' from the planning committee first.

A cap in each council ward of 10 per cent would also be applied.

The results of the feedback were debated during a meeting of the scrutiny committee.

Councillor Adrian Gregson, who chairs the committee, said: "The overall impression I have from the responses is that people are broadly in favour of the proposed guidance."

Others said it would help make a significant difference in particular parts of the city.

Labour Councillor Joy Squires said: "There are parts of the Arboretum which are very heavily saturated and having that 10 per cent cap will help limit the growth.

"With the growth of the university, for landlords that does open up opportunities for them and for me, this is all about striking a balance in our communities."

Councillor Stephen Hodgson, a Tory, said: "For me our rules need to be flexible enough as the issues are not just about the numbers, it's about the quality of them."

A total of 113 people responded to the survey, which took place between April and May.

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6:24pm Wed 23 Jul 14

tone22 says...

a total response of 113 people. I think that reflects the apathy in the City rather than any sensible statistical result. When the planners gave and continue to give the green light to the ' cash cow ' university what else would they expect to happen. The students have to live somewhere and prefer to be together. If the planners had been to other proper University cities it is plain to see there what happens. Smell the coffee Worcester , students bring a lot to the city but there is a cost.
a total response of 113 people. I think that reflects the apathy in the City rather than any sensible statistical result. When the planners gave and continue to give the green light to the ' cash cow ' university what else would they expect to happen. The students have to live somewhere and prefer to be together. If the planners had been to other proper University cities it is plain to see there what happens. Smell the coffee Worcester , students bring a lot to the city but there is a cost. tone22
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1:40am Thu 24 Jul 14

Perfman says...

The next rule will the number of pairs of shoes you're allowed - beware the new all powerful Shoe High-heel Inspection Team support serivces....
The next rule will the number of pairs of shoes you're allowed - beware the new all powerful Shoe High-heel Inspection Team support serivces.... Perfman
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11:26am Thu 24 Jul 14

obidanshinobi says...

Does this mean that low - mid income young families will be able to rent a house in St. Johns now ?
Does this mean that low - mid income young families will be able to rent a house in St. Johns now ? obidanshinobi
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11:33am Thu 24 Jul 14

liketoknow says...

it says the council CAN crack on with giving the policy the green light . the cynic in me thinks WILL they,and WHEN.
it says the council CAN crack on with giving the policy the green light . the cynic in me thinks WILL they,and WHEN. liketoknow
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8:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

stjohnsresident says...

This consultation was put out TWICE - were all those people who filled in theirs by picking up a questionnaire from the Library informed that for some reason unknown to me that it needed to be redone? I filed mine online and was told. In my opinion it was a very poor consultation. Might explain the low count published. There are many people in St. John's whose life has been turned upside down by student lets.
This consultation was put out TWICE - were all those people who filled in theirs by picking up a questionnaire from the Library informed that for some reason unknown to me that it needed to be redone? I filed mine online and was told. In my opinion it was a very poor consultation. Might explain the low count published. There are many people in St. John's whose life has been turned upside down by student lets. stjohnsresident
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