Calls for views on Portsmouth’s shared houses

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VIEWS are being sought on plans to cap the number of applications to convert properties into shared houses in Portsmouth.

The city council is proposing that applications to convert houses should be refused if more than 10 per cent of homes within 50m are already shared.

Under the plans, applications would also be refused if approval would mean tipping the balance over 10 per cent.

John Slater, head of planning services, said: ‘While shared accommodation provides an important way of meeting the housing needs of many people in the city, fewer and fewer family homes are available in some areas, because many properties have been converted for shared use.’

Send comments to or Planning Services, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2AU, by May 8. Visit or the Civic Offices for details on the plans.