Barker Storey Matthews Planning & Development (BSM PD) were brought in to advise a client who had purchased two semi-detached former office buildings (formerly houses with a revisionary residential use) and had undertaken the conversion but had exceeded the threshold limits beyond which HMO planning approval was necessary.

The Local Planning Authority refused an application submitted and BSM PD were instructed to appeal the decision. We successfully argued that concerns about the impact on the character of the area, traffic and the accumulative effect HMO’s was unfounded. The outcome protected the investment made by the applicant and the development has been integrated into the local area without adverse impact.