THE NEW PLANNING LEGISLATION THAT CAME INTO EFFECT ON 6 APRIL 2010
This establishes a definition within planning law of what an HMO (shared house) is and also requires that any proposed change of use from a family home (use class C3) to an HMO (use class C4) requires planning permission. The Coalition Government has announced its intention to amend this legislation so that the change from a family home to an HMO will not require planning permission unless the local authority sets up Article 4 Directions removing this permitted right.
A limited (and by invitation only) consultation closes today, 9 July and it is the Coalition Government's intention to bring in the mendments by 1 October 2010. The National HMO Lobby was invited to comment and its response can be downloaded here:
The NAG was not invited to comment, but the Group has nevertheless sent a letter to Grant Shapps MP, The Minister for Housing on this matter and this too can be downloaded here.