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Identify Article 4 areas with nimbus


Put simply, Article 4 is a planning direction made by local authorities that remove permitted development rights.  Normally developers have permitted development rights to convert a property from residential (C3/ Dwelling House) to HMO (C4/ House in Multiple Occupation consisting of 6 people or fewer) without needing planning permission from the Council. An Article 4 Direction removes these rights, and planning permission will need to be obtained first before proceeding.

Article 4


Why Do Local Authorities Use Article 4 Direction 🤷?

Local authorities may use an Article 4 direction to restrict the prolific use of permitted development rights. In a residential area with an over-proliferation of residential to HMO conversions, concentrations have led to issues such as pressures on parking, noise, increased crime, and a decline in the more settled population.  Whilst most authorities accept that HMOs play an essential role in providing low-cost housing, particularly for young people, they want to ensure that HMOs are more evenly dispersed throughout an area. 


Where you’d expect to see Article 4 directions 🔎🚧

Article 4 directions are made when the character of an area of acknowledged importance would be threatened, permitted development rights are therefore more restricted. They are most common in:

  • a Conservation Area
  • a National Park
  • an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • or a World Heritage Site

The presence of Article 4 directions is an essential consideration for developers seeking to use permitted development rights. Now that we know why local authorities use Article 4 and what areas would you likely see it in, we can help you to identify the areas.


How to use our new feature:

Simply select the Location Analysis tool in the top right of the Nimbus Maps platform, then select the Article 4 Layer from the Planning Policy dropdown menu.

The Light Blue shading indicates the area in which Article 4 directions are in place. In areas with no data highlighted, users can simply use our ‘request this data’ feature. 


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