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Council to re-run HMO consultation after finding flaw

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing

Worcester Worcester

A council has decided to re-run its public consultation on rules controlling which homes can be converted into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) after discovering a possible discrepancy with its online survey.

Worcester City Council is urging everyone who responded to the previous consultation to do so again.

David Blake, service manager for regeneration and business engagement, said: “I want to apologise to everyone who completed the original consultation online for the inconvenience that this re-run will cause.

"Unfortunately we discovered a possible technical issue which meant the results of the previous consultation may have been unreliable. We felt the only fair course of action was to re-run the entire consultation.

“This does, of course, give a further opportunity for the people of Worcester to make their views known on this important subject.”

The council agreed last year to make it a requirement for landlords to seek planning permission to convert a normal home into an HMO containing between three and six-beds.

Councillors subsequently backed proposals that a property could only be converted into an HMO if no more than 10% of housing is already classed as HMOs within a 100-metre radius.

It is also proposed that no more than two properties next door to each other can be converted into HMOs.

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