Plans to increase an Oxford house in multiple occupation (HMO) from six to seven bedrooms was approved last month.
During this application process it was important for ET Planning to demonstrate that the three-storey terraced property had been operating as a six bedroom HMO prior to new HMO restrictions which had been brought in by Oxford City Council in 2012. This level of detail ensured that even if the seven bedroom HMO application was refused that the property could still lawfully remain as a six bedroom HMO without the need for it to be turned back into a family home.
The application also detailed that this small change in use did not have any impact on parking as the property was situated within good public transit links and near to local amenities.
Plans for the change of use from an HMO (Class C4) to a large HMO (Sui Generis), were approved under delegated powers.