Dwellinghouses (C3) to small HMOs (C4) – borough-wide Article 4 Direction
On 6 July 2022, Hounslow Council gave notice of the making of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights for change of use from a dwellinghouse (C3) to a house in multiple occupancy (C4). The notice applies to the entire borough (with the exception of open land, industrial areas, Chiswick Business Park, Bedfont Lakes Business Park and the Mogden Sewage Works).
The Council has consulted on the proposed Article 4 Direction from Friday 15 July to Friday 9 September 2022. Please see the Article 4 Direction below for further details, including a map of the area affected, the site notice and the Cabinet Report approving the making of the Direction.
This consultation has now closed
Subject to confirmation by the Council, the non-immediate Article 4 Direction is proposed to come into force on 30 July 2023.
Once the direction does come into force, future planning applications for HMO conversions will be assessed against local plan policies on issues such as housing stock, context and character. In addition, the Council’s existing supplementary planning document on Houses in Multiple Occupation, will be updated. The document gives advice on assessing location, size and impact on amenity.
Article 4(2) directions for Bedford Park and Gunnersbury Conservation areas
Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995, the Council has made 'Article 4 directions' which cover all properties in the Bedford Park and Gunnersbury Park conservation areas. The effect of the directions (in addition to standard conservation area controls) is that owners also need to apply for planning permission to make many other changes to their properties. This does not mean that the Council will necessarily refuse permission, but enables it to exercise greater for the following reasons.
The Council has made the directions to protect the best features on individual buildings and to ensure that any proposed alterations are in the best interests of the character of the conservation area. This may include removal of previous unsympathetic alterations where permission is needed to make changes.
Usually, the owner of a house in a conservation area can carry out considerable alterations to the property without the Council's permission. In some cases, these 'permitted' changes can harm the area's character if not carried out using appropriate details or materials (in the case of such features as windows, doors, roofs, perches, etc.) or to an excessive scale.
Details of the properties affected by the two Directions and what householders can and cannot do the their properties can be downloaded from the links below:
Article 4(2) directions for Bedford Park and Gunnersbury Park Conservation Area
Schedule Bedford Park
Schedule Gunnersbury Park
Environment services committee minutes & report
Sustainable development committee minutes & report
Sealed Article 4 Direction
Dwellinghouses (C3) to small HMOs (C4) – Hanworth ward
On 4 November 2016, Hounslow Council gave notice of the making of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from a dwellinghouse (C3) to a house in multiple occupancy (C4) within Hanworth Ward.
On 29 November 2017, Hounslow Council confirmed the non-immediate Article 4 Direction to remove the permitted development rights for change of use from a dwellinghouse (C3) to a house in multiple occupancy (C4) within Hanworth Ward. This Article 4 Direction came into effect on 12 January 2018.
A copy of the Direction, including a map defining the area covered, is available below:
Consultation was undertaken from 4 November to 16 December 2016.