Landlord News - Article 4 Direction Sheffield

16/02/2021

Items to Consider in relation to the Article 4 Direction In Sheffield:

Since the housing market reopened after lockdown, the release of pent-up demand has led to record levels of enquiries for Sheffield properties, with many buy-to-let investors throughout the UK starting to see the potential that Sheffield has on offer. Sheffield is one of the most valuable areas of the UK property market, with an estimated 248,804 dwellings, according to Gov.uk figures. With lower house prices than much of the UK, Sheffield can be an attractive location for property investors to consider. In addition, with two of the UK’s major Universities based in Sheffield, it is estimated that there are currently in excess of 50,000 students studying in Sheffield, many of whom live in privately-owned accommodation.

Local Councils around the UK have sought to manage the pressure points in selected areas with the introduction of Article 4 Directions.

What is the Article 4 Direction in Sheffield?:

An Article 4 Direction is a means by which a local planning authority can bring within planning control certain types of development, or changes of use, which would normally be permitted development (i.e. not require an application for planning permission).

This means that within the Article 4 area, you need to apply for planning permission to convert a dwelling house (Use class C3) into an HMO for 3 to 6 unrelated people (Use class C4). If your property is outside this area, you don’t need to apply for planning permission to convert a dwelling house into a 3 to 6 person HMO. Planning permission is normally required in any part of the city for HMO properties shared by 7 or more persons or conversions to any sized HMO from any other use class.

What does this mean for Sheffield residents?:

Owners of residential properties within the Article 4 area who wish to use them for Houses in Multiple Occupation (Class C4) need to apply for planning permission to do so. This means that the impact of new shared housing in areas where there are already high concentrations, can be considered, and controlled if necessary.

One of the main objective of the Article 4 Direction in Sheffield is to ensure that where opportunities arise, development can be prevented (through control of planning permission), which might contribute to communities becoming unsustainable as a result of a concentration of shared housing.

For more details please see:

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/planning-development/planning-permission-hmo