Please note: The Consultation Period for Bedford HMO Study closed on Friday 26th July 2019. This page is for information only.
Bedford Borough Council has recently appointed WYG to undertake a study about the potential impact of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Bedford Borough. HMOs include a range of accommodation types, from shared houses rented by groups of friends through to individually let rooms, bedsits and flats that were converted before 1991.
One option being considered to control HMOs is to use a planning tool known as an ‘Article 4 direction’, which removes the automatic planning approval to change a family home into an HMO for up to 6 persons. Planning permission would, therefore, be required for the conversion of family homes to small HMOs.
Local concerns have been raised regarding the impact of increasing numbers of HMOs and the consequences this has on character and amenity of the local area and in particular areas of Bedford Town Centre. However, it is also acknowledged that HMOs provide a source of low-cost, private sector housing for those on lower incomes, students and individuals seeking temporary accommodation.
thank you to those who attended the exhibition on 4th July 2019, please now see a copy of the boards below to download:
The study must therefore consider a range of different views and perspectives prior to considering what, if any, action might be appropriate. You are encouraged to provide us with your views using the Bedford HMO Study Feedback Form, which can be completed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday 26th July 2019.
Should you require a paper copy, or an alternative format please contact 01908 423300, and we can arrange for this to be sent to you.
To assist in providing comments,or for those who were unable to attend the drop-in session, please see our:
Bedford HMO Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Study and HMOs.