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Local Green Party calls for more controls on houses becoming flats and bedsits

Sheffield Green Party has pressed central Government for stronger planning controls on the number of properties being turned into bedsits and other types of houses in multiple occupation (HMO). In response to a recent national consultation exercise, the Greens argue that areas like Broomhill could have too many students and other temporary residents unless Sheffield Council has more powers available.

Green Councillor Bernard Little said “We think Sheffield needs sustainable and balanced communities. Students and other young people bring many benefits for local areas. However, an area with a high proportion of students can change character inappropriately. Also, some students do cause problems, such as unacceptable levels of noise and lack of care with rubbish.

He added “We believe that greater control of HMOs would bring considerable benefits for communities. Also, better enforcement of noise and other nuisance is needed.”

The Green Party specifically wants Sheffield Council to have planning powers in relation to the conversion of properties into accommodation for three or more unrelated people, which is a lower figure than at present.

We are pleased that the 12 August meeting of Sheffield Council’s Cabinet will be considering a recommendation by council officers which is very much in line with our submission to central Government.


Sheffield Green Party has submitted a formal response to the consultation exercise recently run by the relevant Government department, ie Communities and Local Government.

The paper for the 12 August meeting of Sheffield Council’s Cabinet, including the recommendations by council officers, can be found on the Council’s website.

Topics: Bernard Little, Broomhill, City Wide, Housing, Issues