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More Student Accommodation Won’t Free up HMOs

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According to one of Falmouth's planning officers, building more student accommodation won't free up local housing.

During a recent appeal hearing for a 190-bed student development, principal planning officer James Holman suggested some applications were promoting benefits that were unlikely to materialise, whilst others were contradictory.

These include the idea that increasing the provision of PBSA would reduce the need for HMOs, as additional bed spaces would be required to meet increasing student demand.

He said: "It's not a given...that if this scheme were to go ahead that the current stock of HMOs would reduce, notably by the number put forward by the appellants. And if they were... that's conflicting with trying to meet and identified demand."

Although it was recognised the council needs PBSA, it was also suggested it had to be a planned approach, driven by the council rather than developers.