Sefton Council have confirmed the start of a ‘non-immediate’ Article 4 Direction planning restriction in certain areas of the borough.
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.
This scheme will affect landlords with properties in the areas of Bootle, Litherland, Seaforth, Waterloo, and Southport. The Map of the Southport direction can be found here. The map of the Bootle, Litherland, Seaforth and Waterloo direction can be found here.
A consultation on this scheme was held, by law, last year. The RLA made an official response to this proposal, opposing the scheme, we believe these measures are generally the wrong legislation to deal with social problems perceived to be related to HMOs.
We argued that the Article 4 directions will stop landlords renting houses to families because they risk losing the existing rights to rent it out as a shared house, not change existing uses of HMOs when the Article 4 direction becomes effective so the number of HMOs will not reduce, and limit affordable housing popular with younger people.
The council are accepting representations concerning the Article 4 direction until Friday 24th November 2017. If you wish to raise your concerns with the council you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Local Plan Team, Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle L20 3NJ.
The Article 4 Direction will come into force on Wednesday 15th August 2018 pending council conformation. The official designation can be read here.
We are also awaiting Sefton’s decision regarding the licensing consultations on the Additional and Selective proposals which was held in May.
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