Bristol landlords to face new HMO restrictions

Landlords located in in the North of Bristol will need to gain planning permission to convert properties into HMOs.

Restrictions are being placed on investors in Stoke Park, Cheswick and parts of Filton in Bristol by South Gloucestershire Council, following a consultation in which 93% of the public were in support.

Article 4 Rules are being introduced in response to a rise of HMOs, particularly in the town of Filton, near Bristol, which activists and councillors claim contains 40% of the country’s large HMOs.

Steve Reade, a Tory cabinet member for regeneration, environment and strategic infrastructure, told the Bristol Post: “It is fantastic to see residents of Filton and Stoke Park and Cheswick are so supportive of our plans to introduce Article 4 directions which will form a strong part of our ability in the new Local Plan to protect communities from being overrun by HMOs.

“I am pleased we are set to take action to control the increasing numbers of applications which are having a detrimental impact on the character and wellbeing of communities.”

Last September South Gloucestershire Council set limits on the concentration of HMOs, though the impact is thought to be mixed because it only takes into account registered bedsits.

Filton Town Council backed the new rules, but asked for them to cover a slightly bigger area, including Kenmore Crescent and Kenmore Grove.

Filton Voice, a local paper, quoted a local estate agent saying: “Investors are lining up to buy homes in Filton that have the potential to become HMOs – in some cases developers are paying up to £15,000.00 in cash above the asking price.”

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