York Councillor, Roger Pierce, is calling for plans to restrict students from living in residential areas surrounding the University, such as Badger Hill, Garrow Hill and Newland Park. The new legislation would ban any landlords from converting a house into a student home without planning permission.
This follows a investigation in May when Nouse discovered the original plans for the proposed housing bill, which stated that landlords would be forced to publicly declare that they were renovating a house for student occupation. The report also identified the council’s intention to change student residents from a C3 property (dwelling houses) to a C4 property (houses in multiple occupation).
The new legislation has come after pressure from local residents in York, who sent a letter to the University about student behaviour. In the letter also uncovered by Nouse in the May report, it was stated that there had been an “ever increasing number of complaints from residents regarding serious anti-social behaviour and noise generated by some of the local student population.”
Despite uproar from students and YUSU in response to the letter, Councillor Pierce still intends to try and implement the legislation which would force students to live in more other parts of the city such as Tang Hall.
Osbaldwick Parish Council are also requesting to be considered in this new legislation in order to prevent students moving into the area. Councillor Pierce has already recently been involved in blocking a potential student house in Osbaldwick due to the apparent negative impact high proportions of students can have on the local area.
Such events have offended students living in these areas. One History of Art student who recently moved to Osbaldwick commented: “It annoys me that the stereotype of students has a negative impact on students with regards to where they can live. I may be a student but that doesn’t mean I’ll respect the area any less than those who are working or retired.”