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(27-10-2014 05:47 PM)CardiffHMOLandlord Wrote: From my understanding this is a very grey area regarding HMO, self-contained units and planning permission.
(27-10-2014 05:47 PM)CardiffHMOLandlord Wrote: From a HMO space and amenity standard each self-contained unit (kitchen, living and sleeping space) should be 13m2 for a single person or 15m2 for a couple as well as a separate washing area including WC, basin and shower or bath.
Although HMO amenity standards can be achieved a lot more is required by planning, from my understanding a minimum floor space of 30m2 will be required for planning permission to be granted for a self-contained unit, plus additional sound proofing between units will be required.
(27-10-2014 09:04 PM)CardiffHMOLandlord Wrote: @Nick P,
I have just been considering converting a large Victorian dwelling into 6 self-contained units over 2 stories, a similar scenario to Ben.
All units would be 13 sqm or more, but upon consulting a local and experienced architect he has told me that the council would not grant planning permission as each self-contained unit would need to be a minimum of 30 sqm as well as having to meet stringent sound proofing standards, which would result 2 or 3 units and not six.
So from what you are saying Nick, I should sack the architect and go ahead with the planned 6 self-contained units?
I know people are getting around this planning requirement by providing a communal kitchen and then providing each unit with a removal able worktop mounted oven/gr ill and double hob.
Like to hear how you go about gaining planning permission for a unit of only 10 sqm when HMO space and amenity standards in my local authority require a minimum of 13 sqm.
(28-10-2014 10:52 AM)CardiffHMOLandlord Wrote: I don’t know if I am being overly pessimistic, but if the council comes along and wants to adopt mandatory HMO licensing in the area then a further spanner will be thrown into the works.