Inverness agrees moritorium on bedsits and shared houses

A year long moratorium on granting planning permission for new multiple occupancy homes in Inverness city centre was agreed yesterday by the Highland Council.

Inverness city centre (© Berto Garcia)
Inverness city centre (© Berto Garcia)
The move was part of a package of measures to restrict the development of homes in multiple occupancy (HMOs) in the form of interim supplementary guidance, which the committee agreed should be adopted as part of the council’s local development plan.

The supplementary guidance went out for consultation in August and the council says that the responses showed that there was clear support for further restricting HMOs, particularly in Inverness city centre.

Planning, environment and development committee chairman Ian Ross said: "HMOs provide an important element of the housing stock in Inverness and across the Highlands. The agreed changes to the guidance will allow us to effectively manage the future concentration of HMOs, while still letting us meet our statutory duties to house people who present themselves as homeless.

"This moratorium will allow us to ensure we gave a fully joined up approach across all our services with an effective solution in place to allow us to have successful HMOs in the city centre."

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