Further to the concern raised by the application for a 38 bed HMO at the Aldwick Care Home at 41 – 45 Nyewood Lane we approached ADC with a Freedom of Information request for a comprehensive list of all currently licenced HMO’s in any postcode beginning PO2*, covering Bognor Regis and the surrounding area.
The information provided was then converted into a Bognor Regis HMO map so the proliferation of HMO’s in Bognor Regis compared to the surrounding area is visibly clear. It represents all the HMO’s licenced by ADC in the PO20, PO21 & PO22 postcodes along with the rough boundary of ADC’s jurisdiction to highlight the over concentration in Bognor Regis.
The Arun Local Plan States under section 12.5 Houses in multiple occupation
12.5.1 In providing for the housing needs for Arun, it is important to ensure that mixed and balanced communities are developed so that situations where existing communities become unbalanced by the narrowing of household types towards domination by a particular type, such as shared housing, are avoided.
We believe the map demonstrates that section 12.5.1 has not been observed by ADC.
The most recent statistical information we have is from 2016 where Bognor Regis already had 64% of all HMO’s that had been licenced by ADC at that time.
The chances are that this percentage has now gone up and that there are many more properties being used as unlicenced HMO’s in our neighbourhood.
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