Planning permission will be required for changes from Use Class C3 (family homes) to Use Class C4 (HMOs) from the 8th July 2013 in the Garden Quarter area of Chester, when an Article 4 Direction (A4D) is implemented.
Cheshire West and Chester Council believe the A4D will end up restricting the number of HMOs allowed within the ‘Green Quarter’ of Chester in a bid to halt the changing make-up of the community in question.
However, the RLA submitted a detailed response opposing the scheme. Amongst its objections, the RLA noted:
- HMOs contribute to regeneration by making intensive use of the existing stock in places where it might be otherwise under utilised and poorly maintained; such as in Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester.
- HMOs provide a vital service to the economies of many of our towns and cities, providing mobility for young workers and young professionals and creating vibrant and diverse local communities.
- HMOs also provide affordable housing for residents at a time of high house prices.
- Article 4 takes away freedom of choice for people to choose where they live.
- Article 4 directions simply stop more HMOs being created, and do not alleviate any problems that may already exist. They are simply another layer of bureaucracy. Instead, it is better to address existing problems through existing legislation and powers.
View the planning policy for the Cheshire West and Chester local government guidance here.
READ MORE/GET INVOLVED:
- Visit the RLA’s ‘Say No to Article 4 Directions’ Facebook page.
- DWP report on potential constraint of rental properties by Article 4 Directions.
- Houses in multiple occupation Chester West and Chester local government webpage.
- Copies of the Direction documents, including the 5th December 2012 Executive Report and minutes.