Decision details

Proposed Article 4 Directions - Planning Change of Use from C3 (dwellinghouses) to C4 (houses in multiple occupation)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


The cabinet is recommended to approve the making of non-immediate Article 4 Directions, removing the permitted development right for dwelllinghouses (use class C3) to convert to houses of multiple occupation (use class C4) in various locations in Crawley, to protect the amenity and wellbeing of the areas concerned.




That the Cabinet:


a)            approves the making of 10 non-immediate Article 4 Directions under the Town and Country (General Permitted Development Order) 2015. These will remove the permitted development right for dwelling houses (Use Class C3) to change their use into houses of multiple occupation (Use Class C4), in the 10 zones referred to in paragraph 3.3 and outlined on the plans within AppendixA of report PES/366.


b)           delegates authority to the Head of Economy and Planning in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development to formally confirm the non-immediate Article 4 Directions following the 12 month notification period, if having fully considered all representations made during the consultation period, they are of the opinion that the Article 4 Direction should be made.


(Generic Delegation 3 will be used to enact this recommendation).



Reasons for the Recommendations


The proposed Article 4 Directions are intended to enable the council to use its planning powers to manage and limit concentrations of houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) in areas which are considered susceptible to them, so as to mitigate and avoid the cumulative impacts on local amenity associated with concentrations of this type of accommodation. The rationale for such Directions is explained below in sections 4 and 5 of report PES/366.


HMOs remain an important part of the range of accommodation available in the borough and cater to the needs of specific groups. The intention is therefore not to reduce or restrict their delivery in the borough as a whole, but merely to resist the development of significant clusters of them in particular locations, and to promote strong, balancedcommunities.


The ten residential zones where these Article 4 directions would apply are in the following locations (the extent of each zone is indicated on the maps within Appendix A of report PES/366):


Aintree Road & Epsom Road, Furnace Green

Arden Road, Furnace Green

Ardingly Close, Ifield

Beverley Mews, Three Bridges,

Caburn Heights, Southgate

Farmleigh Close, PoundHill

Rillside and Winterforld, Furnace Green

Ringwood Close, Furnace Green

Victoria Mews, WestGreen

Weald Drive, FurnaceGreen


The rationale for selecting the above 10 residential zones is explained in Section 6 of report PES/366.

Report author: Ian Warren

Publication date: 09/02/2021

Date of decision: 03/02/2021

Decided at meeting: 03/02/2021 - Cabinet

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