Manchester city council’s executive is being urged to place strict controls on the number of co-living schemes approved in the city until such time as a proper policy can be developed for the housing model.

While co-living schemes are becoming a factor both internationally and in London, there are questions about the need for the model in Manchester.

As co-living schemes are classified as “sui generis”, the same as student housing developments, under planning regulations, they do not have to comply with nationally prescribed space standards and don’t incur any liability for affordable housing provision.

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