Houses in Multiple Occupation - Article 4 Direction

Doncaster Council gives notice of the “making” of an Article 4 Direction on 9th August 2018. The Direction relates to development comprising of changes of use from C3 (dwellinghouses) to C4 (houses in multiple occupation).

Following an informal consultation exercise in respect of the options available to the Council for the future management and control of houses in multiple occupation; the Council has made an Article 4 Direction on the 9 August 2018, relating to houses in multiple occupation. 

The Direction relates to development comprising change of use from a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) to a use falling within Class C4 (houses in multiple occupation).  The Order removes permitted development rights for this type of development from the date when the Direction comes into force e.g. 14 October 2019, subject to confirmation. 

This means that a property owner within the defined area who wants to convert their property (Class C3) into a small HMO (Class C4, 3-6 persons) will be required to apply for planning permission once the Article 4 Direction comes in force, whereas at present, they would not need to.

The Article 4 Direction applies to land within the areas of Town, Town Fields, Wheatley, Hexthorpe, Balby, Wheatley Hills, Intake and Belle Vue shown edged red on the map. 

Boundary of Article 4 Direction
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Or alternatively can be viewed on the Article 4 Interactive Map.

The Council invites representations on the Article 4 Direction between 16 August and 14 September 2018.  The Article 4 Direction will come into force, subject to confirmation by the Council on the 14 October 2019. 

Representations may be made concerning the Article 4 Direction between 16th August 2018 and 14th September 2018. If you wish to make representations you may do so by email to or by post to Doncaster Council Local Plan Team, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU. Any representations must be received by 5pm on 14th September 2018. 

 A consultation statement will be produced outlining the consultation, representations and comments received and officer responses to the issues raised, and will be made available to the public.

Process and documentation so far -

The process which led the Council to pursue the consideration of an Article 4 Direction for the area proposed, for the purpose of houses in multiple occupation and an accreditation scheme for private sector housing is summarised below:

Summary of key milestones for implementation - 

Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation 

The council has introduced additional licensing, which applies to certain Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) not already covered by mandatory HMO licensing, this will come into effect from 1st October 2018. 

Further information on the Licensing and Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation is available online

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Last updated: 19 September 2018 18:47:28