LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (GENERAL PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 DIRECTION MADE UNDER ARTICLE 4(1)Notice ID: SUT1047683
LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (GENERAL PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT) (ENGLAND) ORDER 2015 DIRECTION MADE UNDER ARTICLE 4(1)
Representation period for an Article 4 (1) Direction on small HMOs
On 16 January 2019, Lewisham Council approved the making of a non-immediate Article 4 Direction for Lewisham's southern wards (Bellingham, Downham, Whitefoot and Grove Park) to withdraw permitted development rights for the change of use from dwelling houses (Use Class C3) to small HMO's (Use Class C4). A small HMO is where between 3 and 6 unrelated people share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.
At the end of the representation period, and after reviewing comments made by the public, the Mayor and Cabinet of Lewisham Council will decide whether the Article 4(1) Direction is to be confirmed. If confirmed, the Direction will come into force on 7th of March 2020.
This means that planning permission will be required from 07/03/2020 onwards before a single family dwelling house can be converted into a small HMO within Lewisham's southern wards. For planning permission to be granted, it will need to be demonstrated that there is a specific need in the area, that the conversion would not "harm" the character of the area and that the accommodation is of a high standard. Then, the conversion from a single family dwelling house to a small HMO may be deemed acceptable alongside any other relevant development management policies within the adopted local plan at the time.
This would enable the Council to better manage the impact and improve the standard of small HMO's within the boroughs southern wards, alongside the extension to the HMO licensing scheme where now all HMOs with five or more occupants now need to have a license.
- Read a copy of the Article 4 Direction and associated documents online at https://consultation.lewisham.gov.uk/planning/article4hmo/, or read a physical copy at the Council's Planning Information Office, Catford Library, Downham Libary, Grove Park Community Library or Sydenham Community Library service.
Tell us what you think
Make a representation from 7 March 2019 - 2 May 2019
On line at https://consultation.lewisham.gov.uk/planning/article4hmo/ A representation may also be made by:
Posting it to Strategic Planning Team, 2nd Floor, Civic Suite, Catford Rd, London SE6 4RX