This area has really gone downhill

A snippet from an inspector dealing with an appeal against an enforcement notice directed at a house in multiple occupation in a student area of a Sussex town (DCS Number 400-012-129):

In the adjacent road I saw a front door painted in pop art style and just off the main road a retail shed advertised as ‘Shabitat’ selling second hand furniture. Whilst it is not known whether these are directly attributable to a concentration of HMO uses, it is my view that they are suggestive of the changes and harm that is caused to the character and appearance of the area where there is a poor mix and balance of HMO uses to single family dwellings.

Pop art? Secondhand furniture? Whatever next.

The following DCP chapter is relevant: 11.7

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