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About 2 weeks ago 35
I am looking to get a HMO licence for a property in Newham borough.
The house is a three stories high with 4 doubles (1 en-suited loft), 2 singles, reception room, large kitchen and 2 complete shower rooms. Therefore a mandatory licence.
Emailed the council’s planing department for more info and got the following answer:
“The article 4 direction means that you would need to apply for planning permission for a Change of Use from C3 to C4. You should note that the Council will seeks to protect family housing and resists the loss of all family dwelling houses through conversions to HMOs unless exceptional circumstances prevail.”
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but legally speaking they need to grant the licence if I fulfill all requirements or either specify justifiable issues for not granting, in which case I could just do what it takes to ‘fix’ such issues and eventually get the licence.
At any rate I’m thinking of hiring the help of a planning specialist, but first and foremost I must make sure I can get the licence and quickly to close the deal with the landlord.
Has anyone had first hand experience in Newham or knows a planning specialist that has?
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