From today’s York Press –

A REFUSAL by planners to allow a York property to be converted into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has been hailed as a landmark decision, with implications across the city.

City of York Council planning sub-committee unanimously rejected an application for an HMO in a residential property in Pinewood Hill, Badger Hill, under powers granted through an ‘Article 4’ direction which controls the growth of HMOs such as student lets.

The Badger Hill Residents Community Group said the decision went against a planning officer’s recommendation to approve conversion on the basis that the street density was under 10 per and the area density was also under 20 per.

The officer argued that this was sufficient grounds under Article 4 to approve the application.

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