What is Article 4?

In 2014, the West End community came together to compile an 1,113 signature petition to request that the City of Lincoln council (CoLC) consider implementing an Article 4 direction in the West End of Lincoln. At a meeting on 15 December 2014 the council’s Executive committee agreed to commence the process to bring in an Article 4 direction. Following a lengthy consultation process an Article 4 direction was conformed on 25 January 2016 and brought in with effect from 1 March 2016.

The Article 4 direction relates to development comprising the change of use from a use falling within Class C3 (dwellinghouses) of the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1997, as amended; to a use falling within Class C4 (houses in multiple occupation) of that Order, and removes permitted development rights for this type of development. In short, any house within the West End cannot be converted into a House in Multiple Occupation (3 or more people from separate households) without applying for planning permission.

Supplementary Planning Document
Alongside the Article 4 direction the CoLC brought in a ‘supplementary Planning Document’ which sets out some of the criteria by which any HMO planning application will be made. This includes critieria such as:-

  • There should be no more than 10% of HMO’s in a 100 metre radius
  • Proposals shall not result in 3 adjacent HMO’s

If you believe that a property is now being used as a House in Multiple Occupation and was not used as one prior to the 1 March 2016, then please contact WERA via weralincoln@gmail.com