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Questions Raised Over Status of Student Accommodation

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Doubts have been raised over the status of two hotels in Bournemouth which are being used as student accommodation.

Ocean View and the Bay View Court in Grove Road are listed as closed to tourists, but available to students via shorthold tenancies.

Both hotels are owned by Quantum Hotels and have ties to council leader John Beesley. Although a spokesman for Quantum said its hotels were registered as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), there appears to be no record of any planning consent for such usage.

The owners suggest both hotels have the requisite HMO registration, but hotels are typically classed as C1, and conversion to a large HMO would require a change of use and consent from the council.

However, Bournemouth council said it has not received complaints about the properties and had therefore not investigated the sites but did confirm they were registered as HMOs.

Despite the classification uncertainty, Quantum said it has planning to develop the site.

Meanwhile, Councillor Beesley said he has never been a director of Quantum but is an unpaid non-executive director of Platinum Skies Living Limited, which to the best of his knowledge has no relationship with the property.