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Worcester Council’s Article 4 Direction consultation – Have your say!

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Worcester City Council has announced plans to enforce tighter planning rules. The council’s proposal to introduce an Article 4 Direction will require landlords to apply for planning permission on properties that they intend to turn into a Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs)…

Worcester City Council has announced plans to enforce tighter planning rules. The council’s proposal to introduce an Article 4 Direction will require landlords to apply for planning permission on properties that they intend to turn into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).

Currently, landlords have the ability to turn residential properties of single occupancy into HMOs without permission.

Concerns on how the enforcement of an Article 4 Direction will affect the student population have already arisen. Those who have voiced their concern argue that the new planning rules will hinder landlords from wanting to convert properties to HMOs, and, in turn create problems for those needing low-cost accommodation.

The council is consulting with local residents, giving the public an opportunity to voice their opinion. A final decision is expected to be made by Worcester’s Cabinet later on in the year.

Have your say on the matter by filling out The Houses of Multiple Occupancy questionnaire: http://www.worcester.gov.uk/index.php?id=2764  

The deadline for responding to the consultation is 5pm on Friday, April 19. 

What do you think of Worcester’s proposals for an Article 4 Direction? Let us know by leaving a comment below…

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