From March 2013, Hillingdon Council has made changes to the planning rules for houses of multiple Occupation.
It is necessary to obtain planning permission to convert a family dwelling (Use Class C3) to a HMO with between three and six unrelated people sharing (Use Class C4) throughout the wards of Brunel and Uxbridge South.
Note: Planning permission is already required for properties shared by seven or more unrelated people.
Article 4 Directions are issued where evidence suggests that undertaking certain types of development (where planning permission is not normally required) would harm local amenity or the proper planning of an area. In this case the council is concerned about the effects of high concentrations of student housing in certain areas.
The council has introduced an Article 4 Direction under the Town and Country Planning General Permitted Development Order 1995(GPDO). The GPDO enables councils to issue an Article 4 Direction, setting out development type(s) that will no longer be permitted unless express planning permission is first obtained.
Note: An Article 4 Direction does not prevent the development but instead requires that planning permission is obtained first from the council. This does not imply that the council will either approve or refuse the planning applications.
The direction relates to development consisting of a change of the use of a building to a use falling within Class C4 (houses in multiple occupation) of the Schedule to the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 from a use falling within Class C3 (dwelling houses) of that Schedule. It removes permitted development rights for this type of development from the date when the direction comes into force.
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