Disorder concerns block student occupation

The change of use of a house near Loughborough University to a house in multiple occupation (HMO) has been rejected after an inspector agreed that it could fuel antisocial behaviour.

The house was on an estate built about ten years ago. Around 57 per cent of local households comprised students sharing houses. The council's supplementary planning guidance sought to control HMO numbers to maintain residents' living conditions.

The council said 17 of 24 antisocial incidents recorded over an eight-month period were clearly linked to students. The inspector agreed that these incidents were relevant to the appeal's planning merits. Allowing more students would lead to the loss of an inclusive and mixed community, he decided.

Inspector: Ian Radcliffe; Written representations

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