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Council claims success in tackling "bedsit land"
12:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
NEW powers to tackle the spread of Clacton’s bedsit land and town centre social deprivation have been hailed a success.
In 2011 Tendring Council applied for an Article 4 Direction in a bid to reduce anti-social problems due to houses in multiple occupation.
The direction means home owners must seek planning permission if they want to change their home to multiple occupancy house.
And since it was agreed in May, the council said there have been no new multiple occupancy homes or any applications for them.
Paul Honeywood, cabinet member for housing, said: “This has particularly been an issue in Clacton in the past – especially in my own Pier Ward – but it was also a problem in other parts of Tendring.
“I believe that we have been able to bring in that very important measure of control and it is making a difference and will continue to do so.”
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