Published on Sunday, 24th September 2017


The council is currently consulting on possible changes to the planning policies surrounding the creation of new Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). 


Portsmouth already has the strictest rules in the country, so the scope for additional restrictions is limited. The draft policy makes a number of technical changes and more significantly, clarifies and tightens the rules on the largest HMOs that consist of seven or more rooms. In future, such applications will need to demonstrate that they are not over intensive.


In the last year or so, there have been numerous applications to add rooms to existing shared houses. Some of these have been refused and some have gone through. The new rules should ensure some consistency.


You can read the proposed policy by clicking here.


Tags: Planning