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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Tories call to revoke HMO regs

The Tory leader David Cameron has raised the issue of changes to the planning system to require planning permission for HMO properties and has called for the changes to be revoked.

Shadow Housing Minister Grant Shapps recently spoke to Property Hawk regarding the HMO changes which become law next week. Commenting on the new planning regulations Grant said:

"As ever this government turns to heavy handed legislation without really thinking through the consequences. The idea that all dwellings with three or more people should require planning permission is cumbersome and bureaucratic. It will lead to planning departments being bogged down with pointless applications. The government has already been warned off precisely this approach by their own housing reviews from experts like Rugg and Killian & Pretty. A lighter touch solution would be to provide the powers for councils to identify areas in their own local plans with a saturation of HMOs and then only require planning permission in these zoned places."

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