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Durham Tightens Planning Rules

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Planning rules put in place to limit the spread of student housing in Durham have been further extended.

The rules to try and prevent family homes from being turned into student accommodation have already been implemented in Durham and have now been extended to cover Framwellgate Moor, Newton Hall and Pity Me.

As a result landlords who wish to turn their homes into houses of multiple occupation will now need to apply for planning permission.

Set to come into force next May, the rules have been welcomed by Framwellgate Moor councillors Mark Wilkes, Amanda Hopgood and Mamie Simmons, who are concerned the area is facing increasing problems caused by HMOs.

In particular, there are concerns that converted properties are being occupied by professionals with cars, but there is nowhere to park.

Councillors Neil Foster said of the rules: "While the number of students is relatively low in the Framwellgate Moor area compared to the city, we're aware that student accommodation is a key issue for residents and are happy to support the clear desire for stronger regulation in the area.

"The contribution students make to both the culture and economy of Durham cannot be underestimated but it's essential that we have balanced communities across the city and beyond."

The announcement follows on from Durham University's expectation that the number of students living in the city will increase by around 5,700 by 2027.