Do I need planning permission for a hmo with 5 occupants?
We have recently purchased a 4 bed house with 2 receps- and are currently making 5 ensuite bedrooms. The HMO licensing lady from our local council has been out to us and is happy with what she saw. She and her colleagues in the planning department have confirmed that we did NOT need planning permission. However, as some neighbours have called planning - we have had a visit and I suspect they are going to change their minds about permission - and this morning we received a letter from Building regs saying that the house was undergoing a material change and they would tell Planning.
Any advice on what to say gratefully received, some local residents have complained that they dont want any Polish people in the street ( backwards, yes), and so I think they will make a stink to get permission refused.
Any know of a good planning consultant?
Any advice gratefully recieved, I don't have the comments from Planning in writing - it was done over the phone.
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