Housing space standards policy and HMOs

A housing space standards policy for new dwellings and housings in multiple occupation.

In 2012 the Council adopted a housing space standards policy for new dwellings and housings in multiple occupation. An Article 4 direction, which controls the change of use from a family dwelling to a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in certain wards, came into force in February 2013.

The affected wards were Shear Brow, Corporation Park, Wensley Fold, Mill Hill, Ewood, Sudell and Sunnyhurst.

Documents

Consultation on Article 4 Direction

The Government give ‘permitted development rights’ to certain types of development to allow them to be undertaken without requiring planning permission to be sought. However, in some cases, the Council can remove permitted development rights by introducing an Article 4 Direction so that planning permission must be applied for to undertake that type of development.

In 2013, the Council introduced an Article 4 Direction to control the change of use from a family dwelling to a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) in certain wards of the borough.

However, a recent review has shown that HMO numbers have grown significantly in the borough, despite the current Article 4 Direction. To help protect the quality and character (amenity) of the borough, the Council are now proposing to introduce a new Article 4 Direction, which will cover the whole urban area of the Borough, to help better manage the change of use from dwellings to HMOs.

This Article 4 Direction is being introduced as a ‘non-immediate’ Direction which means it will take 12 months to introduce and the Council must go through a set process. The first step is for the Council to state they wish to ‘make’ a new Direction, and then we must undertake a public consultation on the proposed Direction. We must consider all comments we receive before the Council can ‘confirm’ the introduction of the Direction.

Find out more and submit your comments

You can submit comments on the proposed Article 4 Direction for 6 weeks between 9am on Thursday 11 August and 5pm on Friday 23 September 2022, by emailing forwardplanning@blackburn.gov.uk or by writing to Article 4 Consultation, Strategic Planning Team, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, 3rd Floor, One Cathedral Square, BB1 1FB.

A copy of the Direction, the plans showing the areas included, and a report outlining the Council’s justification for the direction can be viewed using the links below.

The direction is proposed to come into effect on 9 August 2023, subject to confirmation. It will then replace the existing 2013 Direction.