Consultation on student homes crackdown launches this week

Worcester News: Consultation on student homes crackdown launches this week Consultation on student homes crackdown launches this week

RESIDENTS in Worcester are being given the opportunity to have their say on a crackdown on student homes in the city.

Last month Worcester City Council revealed plans which would ban buildings in the city being converted into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in areas with more than 10 per cent such homes within a 100-metre radius.

It is also proposed that no more than two homes next to each other can be converted into HMOs in a bid to avoid creating student housing ‘ghettos’.

The plans, which will be opened to public consultation on Wednesday, February 19, will also require landlords seeking to convert a home into a HMO with between three and six bedrooms to apply for planning permission.

If approved the plans will effectively rule out any more multiple occupancy homes in areas such as St John’s already heavily populated by students.

The six-week consultation will run until Wednesday, April 2 and the final document will be presented to a meeting of the council’s cabinet in June.

The documents can be viewed at The Hive, St John’s library in Glebe Close and Warndon library in Carnforth Drive as well as worcester.gov.uk/voiceit.

Comments can be made on the website, via post to HMO Consultation, Worcester City Council, FREEPOST WR427, Worcester, WR1 2ZD or emailed to ldf@worcester.gov.uk

The final document is expected to be adopted at the start of July.

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11:05am Mon 17 Feb 14

Jabbadad says...

Well the University is here to stay costing millions for years to come due to it's PFI funding. So as said several years ago where ever there is a University there has to be accommadation. And to have an expected additional 3,000 students where are they going to live? The University seems reluctanct to have more student accommadation on Campus, so it has to be among the local housing stock. Where of course there is a slight imbalance and the private landlords keep quiet about is that the Students pay a rent (which makes the Landlords very Happy) they also use all the same services as the local people, but pay nothing. Surely there has to be some payment, be it from Central Government based upon the number of sudents living here and using the local services, or from the landlords? Now there's an idea.
Well the University is here to stay costing millions for years to come due to it's PFI funding. So as said several years ago where ever there is a University there has to be accommadation. And to have an expected additional 3,000 students where are they going to live? The University seems reluctanct to have more student accommadation on Campus, so it has to be among the local housing stock. Where of course there is a slight imbalance and the private landlords keep quiet about is that the Students pay a rent (which makes the Landlords very Happy) they also use all the same services as the local people, but pay nothing. Surely there has to be some payment, be it from Central Government based upon the number of sudents living here and using the local services, or from the landlords? Now there's an idea. Jabbadad
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1:34pm Tue 18 Feb 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

If only the students knew they would probably end up miles away from their campus and how pitiful our transport infrastructure is, perhaps they would think twice about coming here?
Is it mentioned in the prospectus? Probably not!
If only the students knew they would probably end up miles away from their campus and how pitiful our transport infrastructure is, perhaps they would think twice about coming here? Is it mentioned in the prospectus? Probably not! I'm_not_bitter
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