Leicester

Student housing in Loughborough faces more checks

Plans for extra checks before houses become student accommodation are being considered by a Leicestershire council.

Local authorities have been given more discretion in deciding whether changing to houses of multiple occupations (HMOs) needs planning permission.

Charnwood Borough Council said while it valued the contribution of students to the area, too many such properties could cause social problems.

It added it would hold a consultation period for those affected.

Councillor David Slater, the council's cabinet member for planning and development, said: "We are proud of our association with Loughborough University and value its contribution to the town. But the concentration of shared housing has caused an imbalance in some communities.

"These new rules mean we can control through the planning system the spread of shared housing where appropriate and protect established neighbourhoods from becoming overrun by these types of properties."

If the rules are approved by full council they will come into force after a government-imposed 12-month grace period for property owners.

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