Houses in Multiple Occupation and Small Flats SPD

The Houses in Multiple Occupation and Small Flats Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by the Council on 6 April 2022.

The focus of this SPD is proposals for Houses in Multiple Occupation and small flats (including studios and self-contained bedsits). Its particular focus is on conversions and changes of use rather than new build schemes. The principles and guidance would still be relevant to new build schemes, but a wider range of considerations would also be applicable.  

Whilst Burnley’s Local Plan includes policies that are used to assess applications for new HMO’s and small flats (where schemes require planning approval), the SPD provides more detail on these policies and how they apply to these types of developments. It has been prepared to assist property owners, planning applicants, planning officers and elected councillors in preparing, commenting on, and determining planning applications.  

The SPD and accompanying Adoption Statement are available to download below. Paper copies will also available at the Council’s Contact Burnley Offices and Burnley and Padiham Libraries during their opening hours.


The Council invited comment on a draft of the SPD as part of a 7-week public consultation which ran from 15 December 2021 until 2 February 2022.  

The draft SPD and Consultation Statement can be viewed below. 

A revised SPD taking into account the consultation responses received was presented to the Council’s Executive Committee on 6 April 2022 for adoption.


  • Consultation Draft