Council data shows streets with the most shared houses in Brighton

The streets with the most shared houses have been revealed.

Data from Brighton and Hove City Council has shown which streets in the city have the most shared flats.

In some streets up to 50 percent of the apartments are shared apartments.

This comes as part two of the council’s city plan introduced new policies to “better manage concentrations of multi-occupancy (HMO) houses”.

An HMO is a home with three or more unrelated occupants who share amenities such as a bathroom and kitchen.

According to Brighton and Hove City Council, there are around 5,000 licensed HMOs in the city.

The areas with the highest number of HMOs are:

  1. St. Mary Magdalene Street, Caledonian Road and Edinburgh Road – 81 HMOs accounting for 50 per cent of all housing
  2. Mafeking Road and Ewhurst Road – 67 HMOs accounting for 45 percent of all housing
  3. Coombe Road – 64 HMOs accounting for 37 percent of all housing
  4. St Leonard’s Road, St Martin’s Place, Fairlight Place – 59 HMOs accounting for 30 percent of all housing
  5. Baden Road and Carlyle Avenue – 54 HMOs, accounting for 25 percent of all housing
  6. St Martin’s Street and St Paul’s Street – 50 HMOs accounting for 41 percent of all housing
  7. Southall Avenue – 46 HMOs accounting for 33 percent of all housing
  8. Park Crescent Road – 45 HMOs, accounting for 49 percent of all housing
  9. Medmerry Hill – 45 HMOs accounting for 39 percent of all housing
  10. London Terrace and London Road – 44 HMOs accounting for 15 percent of all housing

The Argus: This map shows the distribution of HMOs in the cityThis map shows the distribution of HMOs in the city (Image: Brighton and Hove City Council)

David Mead, of Upper Lewes Road, said shared flats had “destroyed” the sense of community in the area.

He said: “Shared apartments have done enormous, incalculable and irreparable damage to my life.”

Mr Mead expects the numbers to be much higher than listed and said he believes there are many more unlicensed, illegal HMOs.

The council said HMOs provide flexible and affordable housing for students and residents.

However, it has been recognized that high concentrations of HMOs can have negative impacts on communities.

The new city plan aims to avoid high concentrations of HMOs while still meeting the city’s housing needs.

Under the new policy, planning applications will only be considered if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Less than 20% of the apartments in the wider neighborhood are already being used as HMOs
  • The proposal does not result in three or more HMOs immediately adjacent to each other
  • The proposal does not result in a non-HMO home being sandwiched between two HMOs if the three homes are immediately adjacent.

Mr Mead said these measures, while welcome, were “too little too late”.

Councilman David Gibson, co-chair of the housing committee, said: “This city plan provides for better management of the supply of HMOs.” Council data shows streets with the most shared houses in Brighton

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