Discussions to take place on shared houses

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The Town Council is to discuss plans with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to restrict the development of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Bridlington.

Bridlington Town Council resolved to discuss the possibility of introducing a legal mechanism to restrict HMOs with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Stephen Cook, the East Riding of Yorkshire’s Development Area Manager will now meet with the Town Council.

In his proposal, Councillor Glen Holmes said: “At the moment we even have a situation where hotels can be changed into fairly large HMOs without planning permission e.g. 11 The Crescent.

“Like many other seaside towns, the unrestricted developments of HMOs affect the main tourist economy in main holiday areas. [They can] increase the volume of work for the fire brigade and the police, probation services and council services such as quality standards and adult social care. [They also] create, in some wards, a spiralling number of young people and care leavers, ex-offenders and homeless people.

Bridlington Town Council resolved to discuss with Mr Cook the introduction of an Article 4 Direction – a legal mechanism that removes the permitted rights within a defined area, meaning that planning permission would be required to change the use of any further homes to HMOs in the area covered by the Area Action Plan. The Town Council also want to push the East Riding Council to look at the additional licensing of existing HMOs to “ensure compliance with statutory requirements as well as encouraging landlords to co-operating with the council”.

It comes after the conversion of Birchdale House on Tennyson Avenue to a HMO in 2013.