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Houses of Multiple Occupation Article 4 - Selly Oak, Edgbaston & Harborne

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Shortcut to this page : www.birmingham.gov.uk/hmoarticle4

A number of residents and organisations have raised concerns about the growth in the number of former family homes, now being occupied by groups of single people (referred to as Houses of Multiple Occupation – HMOs). If too many of these cluster together, they can put pressure on local services and the environment, thus affecting the lives of the permanent residents.

Bournbrook, a popular location close to the University of Birmingham, is one such area, with the vast majority of its dwellings now being HMOs. There is evidence that HMOs are now spreading into the surrounding areas of Selly Park, Selly Oak, Harborne and Edgbaston.

We believe that any further increase in the number of HMOs needs to be carefully managed and as such we are now consulting on a proposal to introduce steps that will require such changes of use to need planning permission, within a defined area - know as an Article 4 Direction.

We will continue to monitor the conversion of family dwellings to shared accommodation and will consider issuing further Article 4 Directions should the evidence indicate that this is necessary.

We invited your comments in December 2013 and January 2014 and we are currently considering the responses we received. We will be updating this page in due course

 A copy of the proposal is below, along with a map showing the area covered by the proposal, the statutory notice and a set of frequently asked questions.

If you have any other questions or queries, please contact: Yousuf Miah on 0121 303 9890.

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Last Updated : 4th February 2014