In Newport between May 2017 and August 2020, 278 HMOs have been licenced in Newport.
HMOs can be important to give people affordable housing. We do not always oppose them, because there are areas where they can work.
But where they make parking impossible, where it impacts on people's waste collections or other services, and where it creates significant challenges in the local area, we have to find a better way.
You can sign our petition calling on Newport's Labour councillors to change planning in Newport now.
Newport Labour Council must remove their planning guidance, and rewrite it, and should:
- work with all parties to review and rewrite local planning rules to ensure resident views are respected;
- review HMO decisions in particular, to ensure all areas of Newport take their fair share of large properties;
- remove the arbitrary and out of date “urban density” limits, which see some areas inundated with HMOs despite pressures on parking and local resources;
- scrap the inaccurate and flawed "Lambeth model" for traffic measurement, and instead use resident feedback and experiences;
- prioritise family homes and homes for young people in planning approvals by officers, rather than HMOs.