Approval for rented home regulations

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A NEW policy to control the growth of multiple-occupancy houses in Sheffield neighbourhoods will come into force at the end of the year.

The change will come into force in the city centre, Broomhill, Crookes, Crookesmoor, parts of Walkley, Ranmoor, Sharrow, Nether Edge, and Norfolk Park, from December 10. Under the rules, developers will have to seek planning permission to convert a house into one of ‘multiple occupancy’.

Houses of multiple occupancy, are usually lived in by five or more students or young professionals. The number of such properties has grown in heavily student-populated areas of the city, with some permanent local residents complaining about the impact on their community.

Coun Anders Hanson, Lib Dem councillor for Nether Edge, said: “Obviously, students need suitable accommodation available but it is important we strike a balance. I’m delighted the action we took whilst in power has come to fruition.”

Former council leader, Coun Paul Scriven, who represents popular student area Broomhill, said: “Local residents tell me all the time about problems with having too many overcrowded homes.”

The change was approved at the end of the Lib Dems’ time in control of Sheffield Council but had been subject to a ‘call-in period’ for scrutiny by other councillors.