Northampton Guildhall

Further planning measures to manage the development of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Far Cotton, Delapré and Cliftonville are to be considered by Cabinet next week.

If agreed to during a meeting on Wednesday, 17 January, a Non-Immediate Article 4 Direction will come into effect in areas of Far Cotton, Delapré and Cliftonville from 29 September 2018.

This will mean that planning permission will be required by anyone who wishes to develop a family home into a HMO within the specified area.

Although planning permission may still be granted, the introduction of the Non-Immediate Article 4 Direction will ensure that the local amenity of residents and adjoining occupiers, and the character of the area will be considered as part of the application process.

Cllr Tim Hadland, Cabinet member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Planning, said: “We must be mindful of balancing increased demand for accommodation with current pressures on existing services and amenities.

“The additional planning measures which are being recommended, paired with those that were introduced in areas most at risk of increased HMO development last April, will help to give us the opportunity we need to consider these issues as part of the planning process.”

Anyone currently in the process of buying a house in this area with the intention of converting it into a HMO is advised to contact Northampton Borough Council’s planning team directly.

Northampton Borough Council has a dedicated helpline for anyone concerned about a privately rented HMO near them and for landlords who might want advice – the number to call is 0300 330 7002.

Please visit http://bit.ly/2DjcyMk to view a map detailing the areas to be covered by the proposed Non-Immediate Article 4 Direction.

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