4.197 The County Durham Plan contains strategic policies for the development of the University (Policy 16.1), for Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSAs) (Policy 16.2) and for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) (Policy 16.3).
4.198 Student accommodation in Durham City is one of the most frequently mentioned issues in the Neighbourhood Plan’s consultations (Durham City Neighbourhood Planning Forum, 2015), and the subject of much debate over many years. Working in partnership with Durham University and residents’ groups, the County Council adopted an Interim Policy (Durham County Council, 2016d) to deal with applications to develop houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and purpose built student accommodation (PBSAs) and this has proved to be reasonably effective. The policies in the County Durham Plan are significant improvements in the light of experience. This is most welcome.
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