7 BED HMO
GREENFIELDS, SHREWSBURY, SHROPSHIRE
Greenfields, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Planning Application submitted and approved for conversion of existing residential unit to a "Suis Generis" use (house with 7 rent-able rooms).
This application should be seen in conjunction with the Certificate of Lawfulness Application for a 6 bed HMO at the same property as the applicant was trying to maximise the development potential of the property. In order to do this a full planning application was required to gain the additional bedroom and thereby change the use from a C4 (HMO use class) to a Suis Generis Use class (Sui generis is Latin for 'of its own kind'. It is a term used to categorise buildings that do not fall within any particular use class for the purposes of planning permission. The different use classes are set out in the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes Order 1987).
En-Plan produced the two applications and both were submitted to Shropshire County Council Planning Department. The Certificate of Lawfulness Application sailed through the planning process as you are allowed to change the use of a house from a residential unit to a house in multiple occupation without the need for planning permission. The Certificate of Lawfulness gave a legal view on this and allowed the applicants the ability secure funding for the scheme safe in the knowledge there would be no issues in terms of Planing Enforcement at a later date.
The planing application required for the 7 bed suis generis use was called into Planning Committee by the Local Councillor but En-Plan were able to attend and speak on the merits of the application which subsequently received approval at the meeting.
Post planning En-Plan have gained Building Regulations Approval for the technical detail for the conversion and the project is now complete although the applicant has opted for the the 6 Bed HMO as the cost of the new dormer required to allow for the additional bedroom did not stack up financially at this early stage although it remains an option for a future date.
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