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Article 4 Direction on Homes in Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

Why are we doing this?

Currently, changes of use between a dwelling house (C3) and small HMO (C4) do not require planning permission. Over the past 10 years, Croydon has lost over 900 family homes to conversion and large HMO properties. This does not include the number of family homes lost to the current permitted development right, which remains unknown due to the inability to specifically quantify the change of uses.

Evidence supporting the Croydon Local Plan 2018 identified a need to protect and deliver a large proportion of family homes to meet the estimated need as part of the borough’s overall housing need.

On 18 January 2019, Croydon Council made a non-immediate, borough-wide Article 4(1) Direction that will have the effect of withdrawing the permitted development right for the change of use from a dwelling house (C3) to a small House in Multiple Occupation HMO (C4). In accordance with Schedule 3 of that Order, it is proposed the Direction will come into force on 28 January 2020, if confirmed.

What do we want to know?

If you'd like to respond to this proposal you can make a representation. Representations on the Article 4(1) Direction can be made during the six week representation period. All comments must be received no later than Midnight Friday 8 March 2019. You can do this by:

- Emailing​
- Posting it to Spatial Planning Service, 6th Floor Zone B, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk,  Croydon, CR0 1EA. 

You can also use the addresses above to request this information in a different format.

Please read the documents supplied below, before making a representation:

- A complete copy of the Article 4(1) Direction with a map defining the boundary of the London Borough of Croydon
- A notice of the making of the Direction
- Evidence Report: Borough-Wide Non-Immediate Article 4 Direction for the change of use from a dwelling house (C3) to a small house in multiple occupation (HMO) (C4)

Hard copies of the Direction are also available to view at Bernard Weatherill House (Access Croydon), Mint Walk, Croydon, between the hours of 8:30am-4:45pm (Monday to Friday), and in the Croydon Town Hall, Katherine Street, Croydon, between the hours of 9am and 6pm (Monday to Friday), during the six week period of representations.

Following the representation period, the Council must take into account any representations received during the period and decide whether to confirm that the Article 4(1) Direction will come into effect on 28 January 2020. 

What we found out
What difference has it made?

Contact (for more details)

Claire Haywood
Project Officer
Start date
24 Jan 2019
End date
08 Mar 2019
Report available by
Due 31 July 2019
Who can take part?
All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area
Housing, Planning and regeneration
London Borough of Croydon


Evidence Report: Borough-Wide Non-Immediate Article 4 Direction


Article 4 Direction-HMOs


Notice of making Article 4 Direction