The recently published Derry City and Strabane District Council Local Development Plan 2032 (LDP) has proposed new planning policies which introduce draconian restrictions on new HMO’s.
Policy HOU 13 within the LDP introduces HMO Management Areas where permission will only be granted for further HMO developments where the number of HMO’s does not exceed 10% of dwellings on that road.
No evidence is provided where these HMO Management Area’s will be designated. It is assumed that these will be designated in the residential areas around the university and regional college.
Outside of these HMO Management Areas permission will only be granted for further HMO development where the number of HMO’s does not exceed 10% of dwelling units on that road.
In the transition period prior to adoption of the final Plan the Council will apply the 30% threshold.
In this case there are a large number of streets around Magee University such as Argyle St, Argyle Terrace, College Terrace, Grafton Terrace, Edenmore Street and parts of the Northland Road where the number of HMO’s already exceeds the 30% threshold.
This policy, will if adopted, will prevent any further HMO development in these are.
Policy HOU 14 introduces further severe restrictions on new HMO development namely;
(This size restriction prevents any further HMO development on larger properties along Northland Road, College Terrace, Lawrence Hill, Crawford Square, Strand Road etc.)
(This minimum size requirement entirely contradicts the requirement for no new HMO to exceed 4 bedroom and excludes smaller dwellings.)
(This restriction excludes small residential annexes’ in rear gardens which have traditionally accommodated students.)
(This criteria appears to be a “catch all” bullet point which even if a proposal complies with all the other criteria can still be refused as it offends the “undefined” residential character.)
Any HMO operators/developers interested in apply for planning permission or a CLUED application for HMO’s please contact the Practice on 71 311 551 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Any HMO operators/developers/landowners who wish to object to these draft planning policies please contact the Practice on 71 311 551 or at email@example.com .