Local Government South West

Bath & NES Council Considering New Planning Restrictions

India Cocking
Written by India Cocking

The RLA have made an official response to this consultation, which can be read here.

hThis month sees the start of Bath and North East Somerset Council’s consultation on an Article 4 planning restrictions in relation to HMOs.

Article 4 directions restrict permitted rights either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development anywhere in the local authority’s area. When an Article 4 direction is in effect, a planning application may be require for development that would have otherwise been permitted.

Where an Article 4 direction is in operation relating to Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) landlords must gain planning permission before converting what was formerly a Class 3 house (a family home) to a Class 4 home (a HMO). It is up to the local authority whether they implement an Article 4 direction, and existing shared houses are not affected.

The council are proposing a borough wide scheme, therefore this restriction will apply to any HMO conversion in Bath. If you are unsure whether you are considering converting a property into a HMO the council have published a guide on page 6 of their Planning Document.

The consultation closes on Friday 13th October. We will be making an official consultation response opposing this scheme. We urge our members to make their own response by email or through the consultation questionnaire supplied by the council.

Our past consultation responses can be read here, please feel free to use our past responses as a template for your own response. An email will be sent out to members when our own response to Bath and North East Somerset Council has been submitted, if you have any questions regarding this consultation please get in touch through our Advice Team.

We have an ongoing campaign in regards to Article 4 Directions. To get further advice on what an Article 4 means for you, our advice to landlords facing these restrictions, our official opposition to these schemes, and what areas are already affected – visit our Article 4 Campaigns page.

The full details, including the consultation questionnaire can be found here. If you have any specific questions about this consultation Bath and North East Somerset’s PRS team can be contacted on HMO_SPD@BathNES.gov.uk

To keep up to date with news, events, courses, and licensing in Bath and Somerset visit our Local Authority Network.

About the author

India Cocking

India Cocking

India is the Local Government Officer for the RLA. Having completed her degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, India is currently working on updating and maintaining the Local Authority Network. This is of importance as it strengthens communication and understanding between landlords, local authorities, and the RLA. India is working towards gathering concise and clear data from all 435 local authorities on their licencing, fees, news, events and contact details.

Before joining the RLA India worked at Martin and Co Lettings Agent in her home town of Derby, the Welsh Assembly, and her local MP, alongside helping her parents run the family buy-to-let business.

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