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.
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.
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
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.
There will be an opportunity to meet members of the project team at a public drop in on:
Thursday 4 July 2019 at Borough Hall between 12 midday and 8pm.
This is a drop-in event and there is no need to pre-book or register.
To assist in providing comments, or for those unable to attend the drop-in session, please see our
Bedford HMO Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Study and HMOs.