I refer you to the article in Wednesdays Times about Bail Hostels. (Page 8).
It appears that a firm called ClearSprings can use domestic properties as 'Bail Hostels' without planning consent, but only having to notify the local authority 5 days before commencing use. Failure of the local authority to repond within 5 days will result in the assumption of consent.
Is this right, who do they consult with? and do we want bail hostels next door??