Tag Archives: planning

Mobile Homes and Article 8!

In Murphy v Wyatt the Court of Appeal Wyatt brought in a mobile home to replace a dilapidated caravan after her partner Mr Barrett died. The caravan was located on just under 2 acres of rough pasture which the Wyatt’s partner used for his livery business. The landlord served a notice to quit in 2009. […]


Whilst this topic has very little to do with the issues we normally deal with we thought some readers may find this article interesting. Mr Beesley obtained planning permission to construct a barn. However, he actually constructed a 3 bedroom house and disguised it as a barn. He and his wife then lived there for […]

Oxford, again….

We have been provided with a copy of a letter that Oxford City Council is distributing to relevant parties in the lettings industry. As regular readers will know, the Labour government amended the planning use classes in April 2010 to limit the C3 use class and created a C4 use class for HMOs’. We reported […]

Manchester Makes Article 4 Direction

We have been informed that Manchester City Council has made an Article 4 direction in relation to HMO properties. This direction will come into force on 8 October 2011. More details can be found here. This means that from the date the direction comes into force (8 October 2011) the amendments introduced in October (which […]

HMOs and Planning- Judicial Review

We have just been informed (thanks, Chris) that Milton Keynes Council has launched a judicial review of the decision by the new Coalition Government to make a further amendment to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO). As most of our readers will know the previous government introduced a new C3 planning use class which was […]

HMO Planning Permitted Development Order Published

Yesterday, Grant Shapps announced that the promised further amendments to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) designed to undo the creation of the C4 planning class had been laid before Parliament. We have previously posted on the creation of the new C4 planning class and you can find all our posts on this topic by […]

Is Planning Permission Really Required for an HMO?

A recent article in Planning magazine suggested that landlords did not have to seek planning permission for HMOs. This was on the basis that a simple change in use class was not a trigger for the making of a planning application. This is true, in a sense, but the reality (of course) is that it […]

Need for HMO Planning Consent to Be Reduced

Some easing of the requirement to obtain planning consent for HMOs is to be allowed.

New Planning Categories for HMOs

The government has published the statutory instrument to make changes to planning categories to create a separate category for HMOs

New Announcements on HMOs

The Department of Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on changing the permission mechanism for additional and selective licensing and has published its views on the responses to a previous consultation on HMO planning issues.