Shared Houses Bring More Planning Complaints To Brighton & Hove City Council

Lewes Rd is an area particularly affected by HMOs. Credit: Malc McDonald

Brighton and Hove City Council has seen a huge rise in planning complaints with more than 800 planning complaints being received over the past year, up to the end of March. Apparently, there’s one key thing to blame, and that’s shared housing.

An increase in shared housing in Brighton has seen planning complaints rise significantly recently.

To put that into perspective, in the previous year the council received 576 complaints compared to the current 820. While 820 complaints were received, 604 were closed compared to 432 the year before.

Principal planning enforcement officer, Robin Hodgetts has said: “Both of these figures represent a significant increase on previous years and is attributed to the significant increase in reports of unauthorised HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) in the city.”

According to Hodgetts, despite the high volume of cases, a good level of customer satisfaction was achieved. Hodgetts also added that in 52% of cases closed there was no breach of planning control.

After presenting his information at Hove Town Hall, Hodgetts was thanked by Councillor Julie Cattell for his and his team’s hard work, as well as being praised by Councillor Michael Inkpin-Leissner, whose representation encompasses Coldean – an area where HMOs have increased significantly.


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