Petition to: regulate the number of family houses converted to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), by means of an Article 4 Direction.

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Stevenage Borough Council to regulate the number of family houses converted to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO), by means of an Article 4 Direction. More details

Petition update from the council, 15 January 2016

"This issue was subject to a motion at the meeting of Council on 9 December 2015 when after a debate, which included contribution from the lead petitioner Mr M McCrow, it was RESOLVED that -

'This Council is concerned about the increase in the number of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Stevenage and recommends that appropriate evidence gathering and consultation are carried out to enable the Council to fully consider if one or more Article 4 Directions for parts of Stevenage should be imposed.'

In addition to the 338 on-line signatures a further 519 signatures were collected manually resulting in a total of 857 signatures to the petition."

More details from petition creator

Many Stevenage people are finding that a neighbouring property having been sold is then converted to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO). HMOs of up to 6 people (as long as they share at least one facility) do not require planning permission unless external changes are required.

If external changes are required, then planning permission may be needed, but it does not need to show it as an HMO.

Unlike a planning application to increase the size of a house a HMO does not have to demonstrate adequate parking as no planning permission is needed. In future there will be pressure to turn the green and paved areas in the town to parking bays.

Stevenage was built for family occupation. It was not designed for people who will have no vested interest in our community and the source of PTA members, school governors, councillors, sports coaches, etc. all of which contribute to a community will shrink.

Many of the developers do not live locally; they operate from outside the town and little goes back into the local economy. A six bedroom house in Chells shows a rental income of £39000 pa. with all proceeds going out of the area thus pricing families out of the market. Please support this petition.

Current signatories

Michael McCrow, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Oliver Pritchard
  • Shirley McCrow
  • Sam McCrow
  • Helen Bruce
  • Jacqui Newman
  • Heather Tempany
  • Eileen Clark
  • Ellie Stokes
  • Geoffrey Evans
  • Carol Paul
  • George Renshaw
  • Angela Susan Renshaw
  • Mr J C Tempany
  • Susan Fenton
  • Steven argent
  • Kim Turner
  • Jade Turner
  • Dennis Scales
  • John Peat
  • Frederick Gormer
  • Michael Anthony Catty
  • Joanne Hogg Tempany
  • JEAN prior
  • Stuart Hogg
  • Jessica Humber
  • Mel Pepper
  • Terry Heale
  • Ric EUTENEUER
  • Linda Jones
  • Elayne Crisp
  • Yearuan Reeve
  • Ciaran McDonagh
  • Jane thompson
  • Melissa Gatfield
  • Gillian Titmuss
  • Colin newman
  • Sarah budden
  • Lynsey rouse
  • Nicola Bambridge
  • Julie Bambridge
  • Dominique Le-Grand
  • Lucy Godfrey
  • Sophie Chenery
  • Anna Teale
  • Mikela Braiden
  • Hannah Stewart
  • Kate Berry
  • Barry Walker
  • Pasquale LaManno
  • Philip George
  • Katr Green
  • Dean Coulson
  • patricia wraith
  • Janet Halverson
  • Emma Walsh
  • Christine Bowgett
  • Lisa Walker
  • Jon Cove
  • Zofia Bentley
  • Jean Cove
  • Michael Collier
  • Eva Leake
  • Peter Bentley
  • Darrel Leake
  • Kirsty Robertson
  • Tracey Watson
  • Stephen Michael Begg
  • colin peat
  • joan howes
  • Gillian Delwyn Begg
  • Colin Fenwick
  • Tom Bowgett
  • Andy McGuinness
  • CRAIG HUMBER
  • Peter Wright
  • Stephen Booth
  • John Parker
  • john Parker
  • Carol Parker
  • Kath @ Don Morris
  • Marco Randall
  • Patricia Jacobs
  • Carol Chalat
  • Natalie Wright
  • chris hill
  • Eileen Risbridger
  • Lisa Knudsen
  • Natasha payne
  • Andrew Girvan
  • James Mackrill
  • Phil Reah
  • Sheila Barr
  • Jenny Dowden
  • Terry Mackrill
  • Richard Dowden
  • Christine Chalat
  • Vic
  • Lisa Mackrill
  • Elaine Moore
  • Karen Reah
  • Guy McCrow
  • Julia Hammond
  • Gary
  • Robert Hammond
  • Alice Owens
  • Hayley moore
  • Victoria Day
  • george smith
  • Clare Robertson
  • Elizabeth McRobbie Smith
  • Debbie Chan
  • Michael Jacobs
  • william hornby
  • robin humber
  • Mrs M Green
  • Elaine Clements
  • Rebecca Chalkley
  • Emily Budge
  • John Sephton
  • Phillip wright
  • Sam Jones
  • Vicky Brannan
  • Richard Fitzpatrick
  • David Paul
  • Mark Chalkley
  • Nick Watson
  • sue Chalkley
  • Ronald Usher
  • Michael Chalkley
  • John Marriott
  • Brenda Marriott
  • Mark Peacock
  • Bernadette Fitzpatrick
  • Colin Berry
  • Chloe Norton
  • Tracey Hamilton
  • Beth Edwards
  • Lee stokes
  • Warren Potter
  • MAURICE HOLMAN
  • Carly Robb-Watson
  • Gary Andrews
  • David Mendonca
  • Andrew Lambert
  • Stephen Parfrey
  • sarah millen-brooks
  • Beckie Newman
  • Robert Jackson
  • Jim Loftus
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  • Jo Hennessey
  • Richard hennessey
  • Mark Smith
  • Frances Flynn
  • Joanne Norton
  • Patricia Dent
  • Laura Tester
  • Kevin Wiggs
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  • Margaret Cullen
  • Diana Revell
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  • Irene Seaton
  • Leah Krokidas
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  • Karl Padalai
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  • Christopher Pike
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  • Jaime Robertson
  • Russell Andrews
  • CAROLINE SPEIGHT
  • Kay Marriott
  • Sandy Vooght
  • Sue Clements
  • pamela berry
  • Jo Barrett
  • mike carvell
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  • Paula storey
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  • tony payne
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  • Daniel French
  • Mike Jones
  • Helen Jones
  • John Watson
  • Shannon matthews
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  • Nicola Haberland
  • Ann Thompson
  • John Houghton
  • Julie Matraves-Piotrowicz
  • Martin Patterson
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  • Dave Croarkin
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  • Pamela Dear
  • keith Dent
  • Joan Galeano
  • Sarah Metcalfe
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  • Carmen brown
  • R J Creek
  • Jose Williams
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