Steve McCabe welcomes tougher action by Council’s planning department against dodgy extensions

Steve McCabe, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Selly Oak has congratulated the Council’s Planning Department for getting tougher on landlords who have submitted planning applications to create more multi bedroom student housing.

In recent years, Selly Oak has seen a proliferation of extensions by landlords who have sought to build 5-9 bedroom houses to accommodate students.  Steve has been pressing the Planning Department to take action against unscrupulous landlords and cowboy builders for the past few years and he is pleased that the Council have recently rejected a number of planning applications which propose development of more Houses of Multiple Occupation. In addition to this the Council have also introduced the Article 4 Direction covering the Selly Oak area to limit the number of Houses of Multiple Occupation.

Selly Oak is saturated with halls of residence with over 1,000 student bedrooms in development with no increase in student numbers. Many local people have complained to Steve that the growth of Houses of Multiple Occupation have ruined residential roads and neighbourhoods. Steve has expressed concern about this as well as the quality of student housing that landlords have been building. Steve has questioned the structural integrity of the extensions that are being built and is worried that students are getting a raw deal from unscrupulous landlords.

Steve McCabe said:

“I am pleased to see that the Council is looking more carefully at planning applications in Selly Oak. For the past few years Selly Oak residents have had to put up with large unsightly extensions to house students in residential streets when there is already a surplus of student housing in the area.

“Landlords have been able to get away with what they want for a while now so it is good to see the Council taking steps to address this problem. With recent news that the Council are taking enforcement action against unscrupulous landlords, I am pleased to hear that they are taking a tougher stance on applications for Houses of Multiple Occupation.”

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