As some houses in multiple occupation do not normally require planning permission, this has led to a concentration of such uses in particular areas (around Universities, Hospitals etc).
This has reduced the mix of housing available in some areas and created unbalanced communities. Many LPA’s have taken action to prevent further changes of use from dwellinghouses to C4 Use HMO’s by introducing Article 4 Directions in certain areas, meaning that planning approval would now be required.
These are introduced to ensure the quality and location of such properties are controlled to ensure no adverse impacts on the surrounding area or other residential properties.
Many London Authorities and cities such as Manchester, Liverpool & Birmingham, have such restrictions, often covering the whole of the local planning authority area. This is not exclusively linked to the big cities, with Councils such as Thanet District Council, Cheshire West and Cheshire and Cornwall Council having or considering such restrictions.
If you are considering converting a property into a C4 Use HMO, contact us to discuss the opportunities and issues.