In response to growing issues around small Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the borough, the Council made a borough-wide non-immediate Article 4 Direction on 16 September 2016, under Article 4(1) of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015, as amended.
The Council invited representations on the Article 4 Direction between 23 September 2016 to 4 November 2016 and has considered the representations received during this period.
The Article 4 Direction was confirmed by the Council on 20 September 2017 and came into force on 24 September 2017.
The Direction relates to development comprising of a change of use from a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouse) of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 (as amended) to a use falling within Class C4 (house in multiple occupation) of that Order, and removes Permitted Development rights for this type of development.
Planning permission will therefore be required for change of use from Class C3 to Class C4. The Article 4 Direction applies to the whole of the London Borough of Bexley.
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